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Benton Co. Coroner: Austin Children Case Ruled Murder Suicide

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The Benton County Coroner says Kaitlin Austin, 16 died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head while Ethan Austin, 12 died of a single gunshot would to the head. Kaitlins death is being ruled a homicide while Ethan's death is being ruled a suicide. The Benton County Coroner says Kaitlin Austin, 16 died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head while Ethan Austin, 12 died of a single gunshot would to the head. Kaitlins death is being ruled a homicide while Ethan's death is being ruled a suicide.
KENNEWICK, WA - The Benton County Coroner's Office has released some new information regarding the death of two Kennewick children last June. 

Coroner, John Hansens says 16-year old Kaitlin Austin died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head, while 12-year old Ethan Austin died of a single gunshot wound to the head. 

The case is being ruled a murder-suicide. 

FULL PRESS RELEASE FROM BENTON COUNTY CORONER'S OFFICE: 

On June 9th, 2014 Kaitlin and Ethan Austin, two Kennewick children, were found deceased at their home.  Both died as a result of gunshot wounds. 

On October 7th, 2014 a meeting was held at the Kennewick Police Department to provide their parents with the results and conclusions of the investigation into their deaths. Present were Benton County Coroner John Hansens, Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg, Kennewick Police detectives and Scott Johnson, a local attorney.  

The information provided to the family included the medical finding of the autopsies, the results of tests conducted by the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory, the findings of the Kennewick Police Investigative Division and the review by the Benton County Prosecutor's Office. 

The first individual was Kaitlin Deborah Chavallo Austin, age 16. She died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head and torso. Her Manner of Death is Homicide.

The second individual was Ethan Andrew Austin, age 12. He died from a single gunshot wound to the head.  His Manner of Death is Suicide.

There was no evidence found to indicate any other person was involved. No motive was identified for the incident.  All toxicology tests were negative.

Given the ages of the children and in deference to the family, I will not be providing any further information on the number or location of the injuries.

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