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Avoyelles Parish sheriff: Effie man shoots daughter, 7, then kills himself in murder-suicide


MARKSVILLE, Louisiana — Avoyelles Parish authorities say a 28-year-old Effie man shot his 7-year-old daughter to death and then killed himself.

Sheriff Doug Anderson tells The Town Talk ( the victims were Ryan Recktenwald and his daughter, Madeline.

Anderson says their bodies were found Wednesday night in a field behind a home where the Recktenwalds had been staying on Louisiana Highway 1196 in Effie.

Investigators say Ryan Recktenwald shot his daughter Madeline three times with a semi-automatic pistol, killing her, and then shot himself once in the chest.

Authorities say the Recktenwalds had been living with friends for a while and that Ryan Recktenwald was depressed over personal issues.

Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk,

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