Bodies found at Vinings townhome ID’d as family of Atlanta official


UPDATE [noon]: Cobb County police have confirmed the children and ex-wife of Atlanta Housing Authority board chairman Dr. Christopher Edwards were killed in an apparent double murder-suicide.

Investigators believe Dr. Marsha Edwards shot and killed her two adult children, Erin Edwards and Christopher Edwards Jr., before turning the gun on herself. 

We are working to learn more on this developing story.

UPDATE [11:30 a.m. Thursday]: Three people found dead inside a Vinings townhouse after a welfare check have been identified as the family of Dr. Christopher Edwards, the chairman of the Atlanta Housing Authority board.

Edwards’ ex-wife and their two adult children were found with gunshot wounds inside a home on Nobility Way. Cobb County police made their way inside around 6 p.m. Wednesday after they were asked to perform a welfare check.

“Dr. Christopher Edwards learned Wednesday of the death of his former wife, Dr. Marsha Edwards, and his two adult children, Christopher Edwards Jr. and Erin Edwards,” a spokesman for the family told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an emailed statement. “Dr. Edwards, his extended family and friends are in a state of grief and shock, and privacy of the family is paramount as arrangements are being made.”

Edwards, an orthopedic surgeon, is on the board of trustees of the Morehouse College School of Medicine and formerly served on the board of Grady Memorial Hospital. His son was the social media manager for the Atlanta film and entertainment office, according to his LinkedIn page. 

Erin Edwards, a graduate of Woodward Academy, was a student at Boston University. She was coming off a summer internship with an NBC station in New York.

Police have not released any further details about their deaths.

ORIGINAL STORY: A welfare check at a gated Cobb County townhouse community Wednesday evening led to the discovery of three bodies. 

The bodies of two women and a man were found around 6 p.m. inside a home on Nobility Way, Cobb County police said. All three had been shot.

Authorities have not identified the victims. It is unknown when they died.

“As far as relationship goes, it appears they live in the household but they haven’t confirmed the specific relationship between those in the home,” Cobb police spokeswoman Officer Sydney Melton told Channel 2 Action News at the scene. 

Few other details have been released. Investigators have not said what led to the shooting or if they are looking for a suspect.

The townhouse community, Vinings Parc East, is located in the Vinings area, about a mile from Cumberland Mall. Home prices in the upscale development average $500,000.

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