A family in Utah poisoned themselves and their children with a lethal combination of methadone and over-the-counter medicine because they feared that the end of the world was coming.
One of the children, age 14, left behind a note bequeathing his possessions to a friend, indicating that he knew he was about to die.
Authorities released autopsy results for five members of the Strack family, found dead in the master bedroom of their home.
Police determined that the cause of death for parents Benjamin and Kristi Strack was suicide, and the deaths of their two youngest children, 12-year-old Emery and 11-year-old Zion, were ruled homicides.
Cause of death for 14-year-old Benson could not be determined, as police were unsure of whether or not he himself made the decision to commit suicide or rather gave into his parents’
wishes and allowed them to serve him the deadly cocktail of methadone and over-the-counter meds. Benjamin and Kristi’s 18-year-old son, who is the only surviving Strack family member, found his family deceased in his parents’ bed.
When police arrived at the scene, they reportedly found cups filled with red liquid next to the bodies of the family members.
“Kristi and Benjamin were lying in the bed and the three children were lying around the bed, covered in bedding up to their necks,” a police affidavit read. “Officers reported there was a red liquid substance coming from the mouth of Kristi Strack.