NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - New information on a murder suicide investigation that happened around 1:30 Thursday morning. The normally quiet 'Village Gate' subdivision off Park Street in Nacogdoches was awakened by the sound of gunfire and screaming children.
Today the neighborhood has returned to its peaceful nature, but neighbors are still wondering what made Carlton Wayne Edwards shoot and kill his wife, Donnie Mae Edwards. The 46 year old woman was shot twice with a handgun, the same one Edwards used on himself. All this happened with the couple's two young daughters in the same house.
"The older daughter, she was terrified last night when it first happened," Art Wheeles, a neighbor said. "Then she got her senses together and then she was real alert. She knew what she was talking about. She gave the police department a real good description of everything that happened. Both of them were coping with it quite well and they knew whatever happened, they couldn't undo it."
Tonight the children Wheeles would voluntarily take to Vacation Bible School are with an older sister and maternal grandparents in Mississippi. Wheeles also volunteered with another neighbor to clean up the blood spill left in the hallway. "We didn't want the family to return for the girl's things and see this," explained Wheeles. Following an autopsy, their parents will be buried in Mississippi.
Edwards father, Carl Edwards of Longview told the East Texas News that his son was taking pain and depression medication and routinely drank. "He would drink tequila in the evenings and we all know alcohol and drugs don't mix," said Edwards shortly after returning from delivering his granddaughters to their maternal grandparents.
The Edwards are SFA alum's. Mr. Edwards just got a food delivery job. His wife was a dietician with Aramark at SFA. They were married on Christmas day, 29 years ago. The couple had recently moved back to Nacogdoches after selling a home in Mississippi. According to the older Edwards, his son and daughter-in-law were experiencing financial difficulties, yet preparing to build a new house. Edwards said, "I'm afraid you're going to see more of this kind of thing as the economy worsens."