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Florida father allegedly confesses to shooting three family members death in ‘senseless act,’ sheriff says

Source: MEGA; Nassau County Jail

Dec. 3 2021, Published 3:45 p.m. ET

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A Florida man allegedly called authorities and confessed to the triple murder of his wife and two children, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.

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Sheriff Bill Leeper said that the morning of Dec. 1, William Conway Broyles, 57, told officers that he first fatally shot Candice Lynn Broyles, 57, in their Callahan home’s living room, NBC News reported.

He allegedly then went to his 27-year-old daughter Cora Lynn Broyles’ bedroom and shot her as “as she was waking up,” Leeper said, before heading to his son Aaron Christopher Broyles’ room, breaking down the door and firing at him.

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According to Leeper, the father then retrieved a second firearm and returned to again shoot his 28-year-old son.

“It doesn't make sense when you look at the whole circumstance of why we believe it happened — it's just a senseless act,” Leeper said of the murders. “When he was asked why he didn't just shoot himself, he said he was too scared to do that, which is crazy considering what he just did.”

Broyles was director of music for Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church, where he worked for 23 years, according to NBC News.

“We mourn this devastating loss to the church, Bill’s remaining family and the larger community,” the church said in a statement, adding, “We ask that you would hold the members of the Broyles family, our church family and Bill himself in your prayers regarding this tragedy.”

The family has no known history of domestic incidents, officials said, and their neighbor, Ruth Goodroe, told WTLV that prior to the incident she had “never seen anything going on over there at all.”

Broyles faces three counts of second-degree murder.


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