Spring Hill, Florida -- A community continues to reel from a heartbreaking double murder.
Detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office say a Spring Hill father, who was so distraught over his divorce, shot and killed his own kids as they slept in their beds. Then, they say he turned the gun on himself.
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Tom Kellogg, a grandfather who lives in the neighborhood where the double murder/suicide took place, says, "Well, we're all devastated in the community that such a tragic thing would happen."
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A lot of people are wondering how to talk to their kids about eight-year-old Susana and her younger brother, Sabastion. They are the two innocent children, a second and third grader, whose lives were cut short at the hands of their dad, Daniel Castrillion.
"I can't imagine it...having children of our own. I certainly wouldn't want to have to pass that information on to my children," Kellogg says.
Adults are struggling with it too.
Roy Gordon, a spokesman for the Hernando County School District, says two teachers at the kids school were so overcome with grief that they had to gone home for the day.
All of his grief counselors are part of a crisis team that responded for a second day at Chocochatti Elementary School where the children attended school. Gordon says they've decided it's best to let parents tell their children about what happened.
Kristi Harrin knows about all about the crisis care team for the school district. She used to be a part of it for eight years. She currently is in private practice at Achieve Wellness Group which has offices in Spring Hill and Tampa.
Harrin says, "You want to cater it to how old your child is. You want to make sure that this is a conversation that you don't miss out on. You want to make sure that you sit down with your kids and talk with them about their feeling of safety and security in their own home."
Harrin says find out what your child knows and don't let them get overexposed to the disturbing details. She says kids can lose sleep, stop eating, or even start acting aggressive if they're struggling to cope.
She also says a lot of people may feel like they're coping with this loss for right now but she says it's very likely that it might be weeks, months, even years before they feel the full impact.
If that's the case she says it's important to get help. Reach out to friends and family and consider talking to a professional or call an emergency hotline if your feelings become overwhelming.
Tammie Fields, 10 News