July 10th, 2009
03:48 PM ET

Couple who adopted 12 children slain

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/07/10/Florida.couple.killed/art.family.pnj.jpg caption="Byrd and Melanie Billings gather with their children."]


Eight children were found in the Florida home of their slain parents, who apparently were the victims of a home invasion, police confirmed to CNN Friday.

The couple was found shot Thursday night in their Beulah home, said Escambia County Police spokesman Sgt. Ted Roy. One of the parents was shot in the head, he said. Beulah is about 17 miles northwest of Pensacola.

The victims were identified as Byrd and Melanie Billings by Jeff Martin, director of the District Medical Examiner's Office. Autopsies have not been completed, he said.

The Billings have 16 children; 12 of them adopted, some of whom have special needs, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

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  1. Jeannette Kucan

    I feel so sorry for the children that are left behind. Who will take care of them now? There are just to many senseless killings. We need to get tougher with these unhuman,heartless criminals. Jail is to easy for these creeps.

    July 12, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  2. Vickie Show Me State

    My heart goes out to those they leave behind.

    July 12, 2009 at 7:25 pm |