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      Defiance sheriff: Grandfather killed family before fatally shooting himself

      The Defiance County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case of four people found dead inside a family home in what they are calling a triple murder-suicide.

      Officials identified the dead as 68-year-old Robert Garza Sr., his 61-year-old wife, Christine Garza, 42-year-old daughter, Zoila Garza, and granddaughter, 15-year-old Rebecca Garza.

      Sheriff David Westrick said Friday that the grandfather apparently was the shooter. The sheriff said Garza had health problems but hasn't determined if that's the motive. It is believed that he used a handgun to kill the three females before fatally shooting himself.

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      The bodies were discovered Thursday night when a family member went to 25237 Bowman around 7:30 p.m. to check on the family's welfare.The four were last seen Wednesday afternoon.

      The sheriff said two bodies were found in one room and two in another.

      The handgun apparently used in the shootings was found at the scene.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this article.)