AUTHORITIES have shared a major update in the mysterious deaths of a couple who were found shot and killed in their own home with their three children alive inside.
Eric Huard, 51, and Courtney Huard, 42, were pronounced dead on the morning of June 22, 2022, in their Rhode Island home.
Police were called to their Cumberland, Rhode Island, home at around 6.40am on Birchwood Drive with reports of a couple suffering from gunshot wounds.
Investigators previously suspected the incident was not a random act of violence.
However, one month after the tragic shooting, the Cumberland Police Department released a final update on the married couple's death.
Police revealed in a July 22 news release that Cumberland Police detectives determined that Courtney was a domestic homicide victim.
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The investigation – which also involved Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha’s office and the Office of State Medical Examiner – determined Eric fatally shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.
The three children were not harmed in the deadly attack.
Cumberland Police Chief Matthew J. Benson said in a statement: "I would like to recognize the diligent efforts and collaborative approach of Cumberland Police detectives, the Rhode Island State Police, Attorney General Neronha’s office and the Office of State Medical Examiners.
"We are reminded that there are three children who lost their parents, and two families that are devastated by the loss of their loved ones.
"Our thoughts continue to be with them at this time."
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Courtney's obituary remembered the mom-of-three as "loving and dedicated."
The registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist "enjoyed riding her bike, running, and walking her dogs Luna and Pearl" and leaves behind her three kids, Grant, Blake, and Sydney Huard.
A GoFundMe set up for "The Huard Children" has raised nearly $100,000 and all donations will be used solely as support to the deceased couple's children.
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The crowdfunding page reads: "Thank you for the endless amount of love and support that has been sent to the Carpenter and Huard families during this time.
"In an attempt to streamline donations for Grant, Blake and Sydney, we are establishing this fundraiser to provide immediate and ongoing assistance."
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or chat at thehotline.org.
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