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  • 8 May 2014, 23:12

Four Killed In James Blake's Home Were Shot

A family-of-four killed at a Florida home that police say was deliberately torched were shot.

Authorities recovered a gun at the house, belonging to the father who died in the blaze with his wife and two teenage children.

Authorities have said they think Wednesday's fire at the mansion north of Tampa - which is owned by former world No. 4 tennis star James Blake - was started deliberately, but they have not said who started it.

No suspects are being sought, but police have stopped short of calling it a murder-suicide.

Authorities have not released the identities of the dead, but family members named them to US media as Darrin Campbell, his wife Kimberley and their teenage children Megan and Colin. 

Mr Campbell is said to have bought more than a dozen fireworks on Sunday.

His purchase included firecrackers and aerial fireworks, according to the vice president of Phantom fireworks, William Weimer, who spoke to US media by phone from the firm's Ohio headquarters. 

Neighbours told police they heard explosions coming from the home in the exclusive gated community of Avila. 

Hillsborough County Sheriff's officer Donna Lusczynski said "various fireworks" were found throughout the home.

Two of the victims had "upper body trauma", police said, an expression often used to describe gun or stab wounds.

The children's bodies were found in their bedrooms and the two adults were discovered in their bedroom.

Post-mortem examinations were being performed on Thursday.

Mr Campbell, a businessman, was the treasurer of the private Carrollwood Day School, attended by his two children.

Neighbour George Connley said: "They were a very nice family, we know nothing of any problems.

"The kids were outstanding children. This is very difficult to put our arms around."

The family had been renting the home for two years.

 

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