By NBC News
September 19, 2014

The school day Thursday ended like any other: Teachers at Bell Elementary School in Florida put the siblings on their bus to go home—but with no clue of the horror awaiting them, officials said. About an hour later at 4 p.m., the children—remembered fondly as “happy-go-lucky”—were dead.

“It’s a tough, tough morning at Bell Elementary School,” Gilchrist County Schools Superintendent Robert Rankin said at a news conference Friday. The six siblings — ranging from ages 11 to just 10 weeks old — were fatally shot along with their mother, 28-year-old Sarah Lorraine Spirit. The gunman was identified as Spirit’s father, 51-year-old Don Spirit, a convicted felon…

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