Boy shot cousin and her partner before turning gun on himself in family tragedy

A teenage boy killed his cousin and her boyfriend during a sleepover before turning the gun on himself, police believe.

Cole Bixler, 14, was staying with Mason George, 21, and his partner Jessica Bixler, 22, at a home near Owensburg in Indiana, the US, on Friday, April 16.

Officers believe he shot Mason with his own handgun while he was sleeping on the couch.

The child then shot Jessica in the bedroom before taking his own life, it is claimed.

Her mum Amanda Mosier discovered the bodies and called the police.

Officers say Cole had discussed self-harm before the tragedy.

Amanda afterwards posted on Facebook: “My heart is broken. We lost Cole Bixler, my Jessica Gail Bixler and Mason George.

“Jason Mosier and I have no words. We appreciate all the prayers, but we likely won’t answer the calls and texts much at this time.

She added: “Thank you to everyone who has or has been offering help, prayers, good vibes and thoughts.”

Amanda later shared a picture of Cole beaming for the camera.

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She wrote: “We will remember the good times and just know that you are no longer in the emotional pain you must have been experiencing. YOU MATTERED to so many.”

In an obituary, Jessica was described as a “great friend” and “always cheery”.

It read: “It was not uncommon for her to open up her home to anyone that needed help.

“She was a wonderful big sister that was not afraid to speak her opinions even if it wasn’t the popular one. Her grandparents described her as a flower that always made you smile.”

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A tribute to Cole stated: “Cole was in the 8th grade at Eastern Greene Middle School where he played football and was in the band.

“Cole loved making his family laugh and making funny jokes. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, animals and cooking.

“He loved to read and eating his grandma’s strawberry cake.”

Family friend Jessica Huber has since set up a GoFundMe page to support the grieving family.

A moving tribute has also been left to Mason, described as a “friend to everyone”.

It reads: “Everyone that knew Mason knew that he had the biggest heart and always had a smile on his face. Any time that anyone needed anything, Mason was there.

“It’s easy to say that his favorite thing to do was help people, whether it be pulling someone out of a ditch, working on a truck, or even giving someone a place to live.

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“A close second would be fishing, looking for mushrooms or hunting ginseng.

"Mason never met a stranger and was a friend to everyone.”

To donate to the family's GoFundMe, click here.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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