An Arizona mom shot her teenage son and 12-year-old daughter dead in a shocking murder-suicide. Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County told the media that on the night of July 25, deputies discovered the bodies of Lisa Gerhart, 46, and her two children inside the family home in Gilbert, a suburb of Phoenix. Authorities believe that Gerhart shot her children before turning the gun on herself. Officials said that a hosepipe connected to a running car was also running into the home though all three victims were shot. Above is a photo of Lisa pictured with her 17-year-old son Kyle back in February 2016.
In a Facebook post, a woman who identified herself as one of Gerhart's "dearest" friends, Paula Testa, said on the night of July 25, she "found the car running w/ tubes from exhaust pipes into the home. called 911." Testa added that the family's dog survived the incident. She wrote, "Devastated isn't a strong enough word to describe anything right now."
Testa wrote in a subsequent post, "Lisa was an amazing mom ! This is not characteristic of her at all." She also described their relationship as being "like sisters."
Fox Phoenix reports that detectives could be seen outside of the family home in unincorporated Gilbert, close to Chandler Heights and Recker Roads. AZ Central reports that police were first called at around 9 p.m. on the night of July 25.
Here are the photos of the Gerhart family that you need to see: