The newly divorced mother who shot dead her three children then killed herself in a triple murder suicide was an anti-gun violence activist who battled depression, anxiety, arthritis and lupus.
Mom Kills Herself and Her 3 Children Out of Depression

Ashley Auzenne, 39, was found dead Tuesday morning along with her children, 11-year-old Parrish, 9-year-old Eleanor Auzenne and seven-year-old Lincoln after a relative phoned police asking for them to carry out a wellness check in their home in Deer Park, Texas.

The determination from the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office is that Ashley Auzenne shot and killed herself after fatally shooting her children — Parrish, 11, Eleanor, 9, and 7-year-old Lincoln — inside their Deer Park, Texas, home.

The four bodies were discovered the morning of October 29 when local police were asked to check in on the family after relatives were unable to reach them. Mail Online reported.

Her split with the children's father, Murvin Auzenne Jr., was finalized just last week and, according to her ex, she was 'very upset' about it.

It has since been revealed that the tormented mother was battling depression and anxiety in addition to physical ailments including arthritis and lupus.

In social media posts, the mother complained about potentially losing health coverage. 

Murvin Auzenne Jr. said: 'Ashley tried her best to be a good mother.

'She and I had our issues, we argued and fought just like any other couple headed for divorce, but I never had any reason to believe she was capable of this. Nobody did.'

Ashley, who first filed for divorce in 2017 and then again six months later, is said to have been 'very upset' with the terms agreed, in particular that she could not move with the three children to her her hometown.

Her ex husband said she was also distressed at terms which meant she would have to get a job and pay him rent if she stayed in the home they had shared. 

The children's paternal grandfather, Murvin Auzenne Sr., told ABC13: 'They were kids you wanted to have around, they really were. They played well, they talked to the adults. They're amazing children in all kinds of fantastic ways.

'The family has all rallied around my son, Murvin. Our focus is only on one thing: helping through this difficult time.'
Mom Kills Herself and Her 3 Children Out of Depression

Auzenne regularly posted pictures of her three children to Facebook. In July she changed her cover photo to one of the three of them smiling on a day out.

If you or a loved one is suffering, for confidential support contact the National Suicide Prevention hotline on 1-800-273-8255 or visit their website.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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