Christopher Edwards, the chairman of the Atlanta Housing Authority board, learned of the deaths Wednesday evening, a spokesman for the family told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Their bodies were found inside his ex-wife’s upscale Vinings townhouse during a wellness check.
“Dr. Edwards, his extended family and friends are in a state of grief and shock, and privacy of the family is paramount as arrangements are being made,” spokesman Jeff Dickerson said in an emailed statement.
“Derek and I join the greater Atlanta community in mourning the loss of three members of the beloved Edwards family,” Bottoms said. “Chris and Erin were beautiful, vibrant and brilliant young adults whom we had the pleasure of knowing their entire lives. They filled the lives of all who met them with joy, compassion and kindness. May the peace of God, that surpasses all understanding, be with the Edwards family and all who had the honor to have known them.”
It is unclear when the shootings took place.
“Per investigators, evidence at the scene indicated that two victims were deceased due to gunshot wounds,” police spokeswoman Officer Sydney Melton said. “The suspect was also deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Susan Grant, the vice chairman of Morehouse’s Board of Trustees, sent AJC.com a statement that said, in part: “We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences both to he, his family and his many friends. We will keep them in our prayers.”
Edwards’ son had been the digital content manager for the Atlanta film and entertainment office since March 2018, the city said. According to Elon University, he obtained a degree in media and arts entertainment from the college after graduating from Woodward Academy along with his younger sister, Erin Edwards.
Marsha Edwards formed MME Enterprises LLC in July 2015, according to the company’s website. The company provides medical equipment and services to hospitals, physicians and other medical providers in metro Atlanta.
Marsha and her two children were members of the National Association of Black Journalists, an organization that advocates and supports black journalists. The organization released a statement after the news broke of their deaths that said, in part: “NABJ extends its condolences, prayers and thoughts to the family, friends and colleagues of Marsha Edwards, Christopher Edwards II and Erin Edwards.”
Police have not released any further information about the apparent double murder-suicide, citing an ongoing investigation. Just two days before their deaths, photos on social media showed what appeared to be a happy mother-daughter trip to Italy.
Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to contact the Cobb County Police Department’s crimes against persons unit at 770-499-3945.