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Girl killed by her father in NW Rochester (updated with names)

Girl killed by her father in NW Rochester (updated with names)

Photo: Mackenzie Higgins via KTTC-TV

(THE MED CITY BEAT) - A man shot and killed his 9-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself Sunday afternoon in northwest Rochester.

Police found the bodies of Bradley Higgins, 49, and his daughter, Mackenzie Higgins, Sunday afternoon at a home in the 4500 block of Fifth Street Northwest in Rochester. 

KTTC-TV reports the girl lived with her mom and attended Stewartville Elementary, but would visit her dad at his brother's home, where he had been living for a short time. Police told the station the shooting happened when the girl's mother arrived to pick her up. 

Bradley's brother reported the shooting to police. He was upstairs at the time of the incident with his wife and three children.

Police said on Tuesday that Bradley had a history of mental illness, including schizophrenia. KAAL-TV reports he also had runs-in with authorities in the past due to his mental illness.

The medical examiner's is investigating the incident. If confirmed, it will be Rochester's first murder of the year.


 

(Cover photo: File / Brandon Anderson / Creative Commons)

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