An 8-year-old child discovered Saturday morning that his parents were dead inside their home in Smyrna.
Officials with the Smyrna Police Department said the incident, which occurred in the Rosemont community, appears to be a murder-suicide.
Police Chief Kevin Arnold said detectives have determined that Adytia Ramotar, 37, shot to death his former wife, 34-year-old Sharon Forbes, before shooting himself.
The couple’s bodies were not found until one of the three children who live in the house woke up and realized what had occurred at some point during the night.
Police were called to the scene just before 7 a.m. after the child walked to a neighbor’s house “carrying a handgun and informing the residents that his parents were dead,” Arnold said.
“The neighbor secured the weapon,” Arnold said, “and officers on the scene took possession of the weapon when they arrived.”
According to Smyrna officials, Ramotar and Forbes had been married at one point in their lives but divorced. At the time of the incident, the couple were attempting to reconcile.
Both Ramotar and Forbes were legal residents of United States who had emigrated from Guyana, South America.
Prior to their deaths, officials said they had never had any contact with either Ramotar or Forbes.
Arnold said Ramotar and Forbes were the biological parents of two of the children who were in the home. The youngest child, a 2-year-old boy, is the son of Forbes’ sister, Arnold said.
He added that Forbes’ sister was not at the house when the incident occurred.
All of the children are currently in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, and preparations are already underway to hand over the siblings to relatives, Arnold said.
“Our investigation so far reveals the children did not witness the violent act in the home,” he said.