Mesa mother, 2 teen sons dead in apparent murder-suicide

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Young victim in Mesa murder-suicide. By Natalie Rivers Young victim in Mesa murder-suicide. By Natalie Rivers

MESA -- Mesa police have released the name of the mother who apparently shot and killed her two sons before turning the gun on herself over the weekend.

Police spokesman Det. Steve Berry said Susan Mullaly's husbandcame home from work late Saturday and found her dead. As he continued checking the home, Mullaly found his two sons -- Ryan, 15, and Nicholas, 12, dead, as well.

Berry said they all suffered gunshot wounds.

Investigators said they suspect that the mother shot the two teens and then killed herself.

Berry said the Mullalys had been having marital problems, but he declined to provide any other details about the case, including where the bodies were found inside the home or how many times each was shot.

According to family friends, Susan Mullaly had terminal cancer. Still, police have not yet determined exactly what led her to shoot her boys and herself.

Grief counselors were going to be on hand at the boys' school all day to help students.