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Family Found Dead in Herndon Home

Police say there "appears to be no threat to public safety."

Fairfax County Police are investigating the death of four family members inside a Herndon home Tuesday morning.

Officer Bud Walker, a spokesperson for the department, said police were called at 10:37 a.m. Tuesday for a welfare check at the home, located in the 13300 block of Point Rider Lane in Herndon, VA.

Upon arrival, officers found four family members dead inside the home.

Homicide and crime reconstruction detectives have blocked off the area to investigate Tuesday afternoon, Walker said.

Next of kin has not been notified, Walker said, "but there appears to be no threat to public safety."

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

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John Whitten September 25, 2012 at 07:25 PM
What's the point of posting this if you don't have any information to go along with it? Its terrible that people are dead, but until someone says why, all you're doing is stirring up fears in the community and getting people all worked up.
Mike September 25, 2012 at 07:32 PM
How terrible! I really feel bad for them. The first thing that popped in my head, since the details have yet to be released, is I am glad I have co2 detectors installed in my house.
Mike September 25, 2012 at 07:35 PM
It looks like those are the only details right now. http://www.wtop.com/149/3053920/Police-4-found-dead-at-home-in-Herndon
Erica R. Hendry September 25, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Hi John, We posted what we knew because people were concerned about all the police activity in the area. The fact that four people were found dead is significant information in and of itself, and that there appears to be no threat to public safety is important information police also want to get to the public so other residents know they shouldn't be afraid to leave their homes and go about their day. As sad as it is, the incident was something significant happening in the neighborhood and we're here to provide as much information as we can, as we get it, about all things Herndon. We get our information directly from police, who are releasing information only on things of which they are certain. Herndon Patch editor Leslie Perales spent time on scene this afternoon and will have more information shortly. Thanks for reading, Erica
Deborah Bastable September 25, 2012 at 08:03 PM
We at Coomber Performing Arts Center are sad for the family...Pray for their extended family members..We feel so badly for family, friends and the community.. God be with them....
Deborah Bastable September 25, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Great Reporting Erica....thank you for letting us know there is no threat to the community...Coomber Performing Arts Center
Ivy Bigbee September 25, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Mike, yours is an intelligent and thoughtful response, instead of the knee-jerk murder-suicide, which often is the case. I admit the latter was my first response. Perhaps because of your reply, others will aim to install CO2 detectors. Thanks so much!
Don Joy September 25, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Posting the preliminary report was the right thing to do.
Maureen Becker September 25, 2012 at 09:39 PM
The story says that there is not threat to public safety, so no stirring up fears. But apparently you like to stir things up.
Paul R September 25, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Lighten up! They are doing their jobs and I for one am grateful for any information we can get on the situation.
Jerry Wernette September 25, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Would it hurt for someone to tell us what State this is in? Jerry
Leslie Perales Loges (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Hi Jerry. Herndon Patch covers the town of Herndon, Virginia.
elizabeth scott September 25, 2012 at 11:24 PM
How in the world could ppl be so cruel and inhuman to blame these death on another person especially the President of the United States, but when the prior President start killing off our children in a senseless war no one saw anything wrong with this, When is this nation going to start loving and stop hating anything that is not "white" Let's get a grip and start respecting each other and pray for those that just lose their loved ones.
Teresa Sanford Cheadle September 26, 2012 at 12:19 AM
If the officers comment states that what they found leaves them to believe that there is "no threat to the community", then they assume from the evidence at the scene that is was a murder/suicide.
kevin pratt September 26, 2012 at 12:22 AM
They could very well have died from Co2. With the weather becoming colder, people are turning on there heat. Thanks for a good post. May this family Rest in Peace.
Richard Horn September 26, 2012 at 01:03 AM
In earlier reply messages on this event, it was mentioned about CO2 detectors. They are really CO (carbon monoxide gas) detectors. CO is a deadly gas and kills rapidly. CO2 is cardon dioxide, when chilled is commonly called dry ice.

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