Family killed at Maquoketa campground died from gunshots, stabbing, strangulation

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The Iowa Department of Public Safety released autopsy results Thursday for the victims of the Maquoketa Caves State Park killings.

Tyler, Sarah and their 6-year-old daughter Lula were found dead in their tents in the park on the morning of July 22. A fourth person, identified as the alleged shooter Anthony Orlando Sherwin, was later found dead in another section of the park.

According to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, Tyler Schmidt, 42, died of a gunshot wound and multiple stabbing injuries. Sarah Schmidt, 42, died from being stabbed multiple times. Lula Schmidt, 6, died from a gunshot wound and strangulation. All three deaths have been ruled homicides, according to the release from DPS.

Sherwin, 23, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the medical examiner. His death has been ruled a suicide, according to DPS.

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Sherwin is believed to be the shooter and all evidence indicates he acted alone, according to the release. The investigation surrounding the circumstances of the homicides is ongoing.

 
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The Iowa Department of Public Safety released autopsy results Thursday for the victims of the Maquoketa Caves State Park killings.

Tyler, Sarah and their 6-year-old daughter Lula were found dead in their tents in the park on the morning of July 22. A fourth person, identified as the alleged shooter Anthony Orlando Sherwin, was later found dead in another section of the park.

According to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, Tyler Schmidt, 42, died of a gunshot wound and multiple stabbing injuries. Sarah Schmidt, 42, died from being stabbed multiple times. Lula Schmidt, 6, died from a gunshot wound and strangulation. All three deaths have been ruled homicides, according to the release from DPS.

Sherwin, 23, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the medical examiner. His death has been ruled a suicide, according to DPS.

More:'We can feel the love everywhere we go': Cedar Falls community unites to honor the Schmidts

Sherwin is believed to be the shooter and all evidence indicates he acted alone, according to the release. The investigation surrounding the circumstances of the homicides is ongoing.

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Sherwin’s tox screen results are going to be off the charts.
 

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Only way to stop some of this stuff is to start holding parents and others responsible too…if you ignore red flags and or allow these people access to weapons….you’re just as responsible in my opinion
Well, another report said that the gun used was a 'ghost' gun, so he may not have been able to buy a gun?


There are new details about the weapon used to kill a father, mother and six year old girl at Maquoketa Caves State Park.

Sources close to the investigation tell the Des Moines register the Nebraska suspect used a homemade weapon known as a ghost gun.

Ghost guns are untraceable weapons that can be made with parts bought at a store or online.
 

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Well, another report said that the gun used was a 'ghost' gun, so he may not have been able to buy a gun?


There are new details about the weapon used to kill a father, mother and six year old girl at Maquoketa Caves State Park.

Sources close to the investigation tell the Des Moines register the Nebraska suspect used a homemade weapon known as a ghost gun.

Ghost guns are untraceable weapons that can be made with parts bought at a store or online.

Buying things online or at a store should be illegal.
 

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Sherwin’s tox screen results are going to be off the charts.
Maybe. We might also find out he was off his meds. His mom is hiding something for a reason. He doesn’t have a record, and most meth heads would have something. Possession, or a criminal offense racked up to pay for their drugs.
I am shocked we haven’t seen more stuff leak out from high school friends or neighbors, and I’m speculating like everyone else, but my guess is he was with his family because mom knew he was dangerous and was keeping an eye on him.
 
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