The officials says Moore used a bolt-action hunting-style rifle to fatally shoot her kids in a wooded area near their home. She then loaded their bodies into her car and returned home, where she killed herself outside the vehicle.
In a letter to local parents obtained by PEOPLE, Tri-County Area School’s Superintendent Allen Cumings wrote that Cassidy’s first grade teacher, Mrs. Kelley,described the 6-year-old as “a friend to everyone.”
Kyrie, a third grader, “loved to read, always volunteered to help others, her classmates loved her, and she was a good friend,” her teacher, Mrs. Schnepp, said in the letter.
“They were awesome kids, absolutely great. The oldest excelled in reading like no other. The youngest one, she was just so joyful and so happy all the time. And then the middle child, she was just rambunctious and wild and always put a smile on everybody’s face,” their cousin Alyssa Rau told said.
The sheriff’s spokesperson says that authorities had been called to the home in the past.
The calls were “mental health related issues with some incidents that could be characterized as domestic civil disputes,” the spokesperson says.
Court documents obtained by local station WZZM 13 and WILX reveal that Moore had a history of mental illness and suffered from hallucinations, and schizophrenia.
In September, Moore was declared a danger to herself and hospitalized for more than a week,the stations report.
On a Go Fund Me page to cover funeral costs for the family, the girls’ uncle Joseph Graham wrote, “I lost my nieces, and the world lost 3 beautiful angels; Kyrie Rodery, Cassidy Rodery, and Alaina Moore.