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Fourth person dies in murder-suicide in Smyth County

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THOMAS BRIDGE, Va. — A fourth person has died following an apparent murder-suicide in the Thomas Bridge community of Smyth County.

Sheriff Chip Shuler said Saturday morning that a 6-year-old child, who had been critically wounded and taken to Johnson City Medical Center, had died.

On Friday, Shuler said the shootings at a trailer on Harley Road involved a 27-year-old woman and two children, ages 3 and 10. Another child, 8, escaped the scene, he said. No names have been released.

The preliminary investigation shows that the woman committed the homicides, Shuler said. The investigation continues.

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