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Sylvania school mourns 3 students killed by CO poisoning

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The three siblings killed in Monday's murder-suicide in West Toledo were students at Whiteford Elementary School in Sylvania.

The Sylvania School Superintendent says grief counselors were inside the school all day Tuesday helping classmates and teachers.

The Sylvania school community and the Toledo neighborhood where this happened are in shock as investigators release new details in the carbon monoxide poisoning deaths.

It's leaf collection day on Harvest Lane, a street haunted by the gruesome discovery inside a family garage.

"This is an absolute tragedy," says Kelly Lewandowski, a neighbor. "We've lived here 15 years and nothing like this has ever happened in the neighborhood."

Lewandowski lives two doors down from where emergency crews used a sledgehammer to open the barricaded garage door.

Police found five people dead inside a Honda Civic with hoses leading into the car from the exhaust of a Dodge truck left running.

The bodies are 10-year-old fifth grader Paige Hayes, 6-year-old second grader Logan Hayes, and 5-year-old Kindergartener Madalyn Hayes.

Also dead is their grandmother 54-year-old Sandy Ford and their uncle 32-year-old Andy Ford.

Police say the grandmother and uncle killed the kids and themselves because of a custody battle with the kids' parents.

"It is literally something that happened in my own backyard. And I never realized anything like this could happen," says Lewandowski.

"It's going to take everyone to help with the healing process," says Brad Rieger, Superintendent of Sylvania City Schools.

Rieger says there was a grief counselor in every classroom at Whiteford Elementary School on Tuesday.

"It's going to be a longer process with our fifth graders," says Rieger. "But even at the kindergarten and second grade they were sitting in a circle and talking about the student that is not with them today. We've lost a friend and what does that mean."

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