Just days before Dr. Marsha Edwards and her children were discovered dead, the mom of two had been busy updating her Facebook page.
Since August 11, Marsha updated her page 13 times. Each one of the updates was family-oriented, and the majority of them were memories from the recent vacation she took to Italy with her 20-year-old daughter Erin Edwards.
Some of the mom’s captions read:
“The best girl to share precious moments with.”
“Fortunate to have dinner at The Vatican after our tour.”
“Dinner with my Erin in Italy.”
And just two days ago, Marsha took to Instagram to say that she “had the best summer, first with [Chris] in Miami, and Erin in Italy. I could not ask for better children.”
It’s because of the mom’s social media presence that the public was shocked to learn police believe it was Marsha who shot and killed Erin and her 24-year-old son Chris, before turning the gun on herself.
According to WSB-TV, Marsha is the ex-wife of prominent Atlanta-based surgeon Dr. Christopher Edwards.
As the police told reporters, Marsha, Erin, and Chris were found inside a townhome in Vinings, Georgia around 6:00 p.m. on August 21. They were discovered following a welfare check performed by local officers. It’s unclear who requested a welfare check.
As WSB-TV reports, Marsha’s neighbors are particularly shocked by the family deaths. Talia Cartall told reporter Tom Regan that nothing would have made her suspect something like this would happen:
“For something like this to happen and unfold, it’s unbelievable. We didn’t hear anything. There was no sign of violence or anything. […] From our knowledge, no malice. Between the children, nothing like that. They just seemed like a normal, happy, cool family.”
And Marsha’s family members agreed.
According to reporter Nicole Carr, members of Marsha’s family are also in disbelief. Many of them are saying that the story that Marsha reportedly killed herself after killing her two children just doesn’t add up.
Jeff Dickerson, the spokesman for the family, shared this statement with WSB-TV on behave of Dr. Christopher Edwards:
“Dr. Christopher Edwards learned Wednesday of the death of his former wife, Dr. Marsha Edwards, and his two adult children, Christopher Edwards, Jr. and Erin Edwards. Dr. Edwards, his extended family and friends are in a state of grief and shock, and privacy of the family is paramount as arrangements are being made.”
As WSB-TV reports, Erin was a student at Boston University, and Chris was the digital content manager for the City of Atlanta’s Executive Office of Entertainment. Erin reportedly held an internship for a local news affiliate in New York this summer.
The investigation into their deaths is still ongoing.