Officials: Dad shot family of 6 thought killed in fire

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Authorities: 6 found dead after South Dakota fire fatally shot; 1 death believed to be suicide.

PLATTE, S.D. (AP) — Authorities believe a man fatally shot his wife and four children, set their rural South Dakota house on fire, then turned the shotgun on himself, the state’s attorney general’s office said Tuesday.PIERRE, S.D. – Authorities say the six members of a South Dakota family found dead in the ruins of their burned home were fatally shot, with one death believed to be a suicide. A passer-by reported the blaze at the home near Platte early Thursday morning, but the fire chief said it was all but destroyed by the time firefighters arrived. Authorities did not immediately name the victims, but the Platte-Geddes school superintendent has said Kailey was a third-grader, Jaeci a fifth-grader, Connor an eighth-grader and Michael a high school sophomore.

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