Victims' father calls murder-suicide 'horrific tragedy'

December 21, 2011 2:28:43 PM PST
The father of two of the children killed in a murder-suicide in the small town of Emington, Illinois last week has released a statement Tuesday.

Brad Lemke, father of 8-year-old Skyler and 7-year-old Ian Lemke, says, "There is nothing that can be said to justify such a horrific tragedy, one that was so unexpected and unforeseen. It has affected our family beyond words."

The children were killed on Friday. Investigators say their mother Sara McMeen shot the boys, along with her 10-month-old baby and her live-in boyfriend before turning the gun on herself.