Five dead, including 2-year-old heart transplant recipient


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Jun 27, 2016
"Willow Short was never supposed to survive. According to doctors, she wasn't even supposed to be born alive.

While still in her mother's womb, doctors discovered a devastating heart defect. They said she'd likely be delivered stillborn.

But when she arrived, the newborn cried. She was alive. Six days later, she received a heart transplant, and with the help of a stringent course of daily medication, Willow thrived.

Her inspiring story filled the local newspapers, not to mention The New York Times. The Short family legacy, it seemed, was one of perseverance, faith and strength.

That changed Saturday.
Two years after defying death, police found the toddler and her two older siblings, Liana, 8, and Mark, Jr., 5, dead in the living room of their Pennsylvania home. Nearby were their parents, Megan and Mark Short, also dead, authorities said.

All had been shot. So had the dog.

Officers with the Sinking Spring Borough and Spring Township police departments found a handgun beside one of the deceased adults, though they didn't specify who, and a handwritten "murder/suicide note" somewhere in the home, according to a statement from the Berks County District Attorney Office.

Authorities have not released a motive, but said the investigation thus far revealed there had been "domestic issues" between Megan Short, 33, and her husband, Mark, 40."

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Assuming it was a murder/suicide, I hope the one who did it never finds respite wherever they may be. Disgusting.
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