FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Four people, including an 8-week-old baby girl, were found fatally shot in an Alaska hotel room in what police believe was a murder-suicide.
Cops were called to a Hampton Inn in Fairbanks in the afternoon on the day after Thanksgiving by staff reporting a “suspicious circumstance.” Upon arriving, they found a man crying in the hallway on the second floor who directed officers to a room.
There, police discovered four people dead. They were identified as Linda Hutton, 54, McKay Hutton, 22, Emily McDonald, 22, and Teagan, 8-weeks-old.
Investigators say they believe McKay Hutton killed his mother Linda, wife Emily and daughter Teagan before turning the gun on himself.
Police said the motive for the shooting remained under investigation but there was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved. The family all resided in the Fairbanks area and it was unclear what had brought them to the hotel.
The man in the hallway was identified as a relative but police say he was not in the room at the time of the shooting. McDonald had another child who lived together with her and Hutton, but police say the child was not present at the time of the shooting and is safe.
McDonald’s mother, Linda Hendrick, told KTVA-TV that her daughter had planned to become a registered nurse.
“When I was called and notified that my daughter and granddaughter were murdered, I fell to my knees and cried like never before,” she said. “This news has destroyed me. No one deserves this! Emily was a wonderful person, and an amazing mother.”