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"Tampa Police have arrested a New Tampa mother after she admitted that she shot her two teenage children to death on January 27, 2011. Investigators say that Julie Powers Schenecker, 50, shot and killed her children with a .38 caliber gun in their home. Officers went to the home in the Ashton Reserve subdivision around 7:45 Friday morning after their police department received an out-of-state phone call from the suspect's mother. After first seeing Schenecker outside covered in blood, police found the woman's son, Beau, 13, in the garage, and her daughter, Calyx, 16, was found in an upstairs bedroom, both fatally wounded. Police say the grandmother received an email from Schenecker, saying that she was depressed. The grandmother tried to call the family, and could not reach anyone, so she called the police. According to investigators, Schenecker was driving her son to soccer practice when she allegedly shot him in the head twice for talking back to her. She then drove home and parked her van in the garage, leaving the victim on the front passenger-side seat. Still armed, she reportedly went inside the house, walked up behind her daughter while she did her homework on the computer, and fired one shot into the back of her head and one shot to her face. Both victims died at the scene."
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