A motive for the murders remains unknown

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Authorities in Virginia are investigating the "horrific" triple homicide of a mother and her two children discovered dead in their home over the weekend.

On Saturday, the bodies of one woman and two children were found in a Herndon home. It remains unclear how the victims died but police believe their murders to be connected to a suicide earlier that day, Herndon Police Chief Maggie DeBoard said at a press conference Saturday afternoon.

According to DeBoard, hours earlier, a man died by suicide in Fairfax County. Prior to his death, he made statements that prompted officers to contact Herndon police and request that their officers conduct a welfare check.

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With the help of neighbors, officers were able to get inside the home the man had mentioned, where they discovered the victims' bodies in a scene DeBoard described as "horrific."

It remains unclear how the victims died. A motive for the deaths remains unknown.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.