Major update after entire family including three young children slaughtered in their home | The Sun

A FATHER has been charged with the murder of his entire family after they were found slaughtered in their home.

Charles Robert Gillard, Sr., 51, had been hospitalized for more than a month after police say he then turned the gun on himself.

Dawn Gillard, 40, and three of her children Katelynn Gillard, six, Ronald Gillard, four, and three-year-old Joshua Gillard were found dead at the home in Mecosta County, Michigan, at the end of May.

Police had responded to reports of a man with a gun, officials said.

Her children from a previous relationship were unharmed, police said at the time.

Gillard, Sr. is being held on multiple felony murder charges after being taken into custody at the end of last month in connection with the deaths.


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Dawn's daughter Hailey Salisbury posted TikToks in May claiming her stepfather was to blame for the murders of her mom and half siblings.

"Please please please hold your family close and don't take them for granted, you never know what could happen," she said in a clip that shows her sobbing.

In a different clip, Salisbury posted a picture of a man she says is Gillard and said: ‘I WILL find a way to speak to you before you die in prison you disgusting sickening thing.”

Mecosta County Sheriff Brian Miller said first-responders at the scene are struggling to cope with what they saw at the crime scene.

“With our first-responders, almost everyone at the scene had children of their own. I can tell you they took it very hard,” Miller said.

He added: “To have something so tragic happen in your community, it’s very heartbreaking. There are no words that can explain what happened."

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One of the victims went to Morley Stanwood Community school district.

 Schools Superintendent Roger Cole wrote in a letter to the community: “The loss of a life is always difficult, but when that loss is tragic, and yes senseless, it is much harder to deal with.”

A GoFundMe was created by a family member of the Gillard family to help with the expenses of the four funerals.

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