A bitter divorce and custody battle ended badly for Jessica Edens, 36, and her two young children, ages 5 and 9, who were all found dead of gunshot wounds on Thursday in Easley, S.C.
A police officer was called to the woman’s home the night before the shootings when her estranged husband, Ben Edens requested that police check in on her after receiving a disturbing text message. She calmly told the officer that her husband had been having an affair and she hoped to expose him in court, according to a police report. The officer said Edens did not seem erratic or threatening at the time of his visit.
It was just after 5 p.m. on Thursday when police were called to a parking garage connected to an apartment building where they found Meredith Leigh Rahme shot to death inside her vehicle on the third floor of the garage, according to Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller in a press conference Friday.
Authorities believe the shooter was Edens, who was found dead two hours later, locked inside her running vehicle with her son and daughter, also deceased. A .40 caliber semi-automatic weapon was found in the SUV.
In the days prior to the shooting, Rahme notified police that she was receiving harassing text messages and phone calls from Edens.
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