200 Gather to Mourn Children Slain by Father

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Posted at 4:37 AM, Oct 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-22 12:56:27-04

PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly 200 people gathered outside Florida middle school to remember two children shot and killed by their father before he killed himself.

Friends of 14-year-old Savanna and 11-year-old David Mohney mourned their deaths Saturday night outside Creekside Middle School in Port Orange. The Mohneys' 9-year-old sister Lauren also was shot, but she survived and remained hospitalized.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that the pastor of Thrive Community Church, Pete Keirstead, led the crowd of families and children, some holding candles in cups, in prayer.

At the Mohneys' home, deputies found Savannah and Lauren both shot in an upstairs bedroom. Their brother was in a bedroom on the ground floor. Their father was in the kitchen with a handgun next to him.