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Ohio killing still a mystery to police

CINCINNATI — Ohio authorities are investigating multiple possibilities for why a 12-year-old boy fatally shot his 9-year-old half brother and then turned the gun on himself, a coroner said Friday.

The police chief said the answer might not ever be known.

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Jackson County Coroner Dr. Gregory Hawker said investigators don’t know whether the shootings in Jackson in southern Ohio were a murder-suicide, a suicide pact, or an accidental shooting followed by suicide.

Authorities say each boy had a single gunshot wound to the head.

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‘‘You want to think it was an accident,’’ Hawker said, adding that there’s not enough evidence to draw any conclusion.

‘‘There was no sign of a struggle,’’ Hawker told the Associated Press.

He said only two bullets were fired, and two casings were recovered along with a .44-caliber handgun. The gun belonged to the boys’ grandfather, Police Chief Carl Eisnaugle said Friday. Investigators do not believe anyone else was involved.

Associated Press

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