Parents Of 16 Children Killed In Florida

Authorities in Florida are seeking three men in connection with the shooting deaths of the parents of 16 children.

They say Byrd and Melanie Billings died last night during a home invasion. They were the parents of 16 children -- 12 of them adopted.

A sheriff's office spokesman says the children living in the home were found safe after the attack. He says they range in age from infants to 11 years old.

The couple were known for their generosity and had taken in children with disabilities and from troubled backgrounds.

Investigators say they want to talk to three men spotted in a red full size van. They were seen last night leaving the home, which is just west of Pensacola.


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  • by elviswantsjustice on Jul 11, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    What possible punishment can you give to three pieces of flotsam who committed this terrible crime? Theyu truly do not deserve to live.
  • by Jen Location: Choco on Jul 11, 2009 at 07:36 AM
    It seems the truly good ones are taken so often these days. Prayers for these children left without their parents!
  • by Just Me Location: NC on Jul 10, 2009 at 03:37 PM
    What is happening in this world, people have no respect for life anymore!!!!!
  • by Tarheel mommy of three Location: NC on Jul 10, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    As soon as I read the headline, my heart went out to this family. My God bless this family and Heaven smile down upon them.
  • by j Location: Kinston on Jul 10, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    How horrible!! I am praying for these children.
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