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Deaths of Cedar Hill pastor, family in suspicious house fire ruled murder-suicide

Pastor Eugene Keahey's death was ruled a suicide. His wife and daughters' deaths were ruled homicides.

CEDAR HILL, Texas — Officials ruled the deaths of a pastor, his wife and daughters as a murder-suicide after a fire broke out in their home in February.

Pastor Eugene Keahey; his wife, 51-year-old Deanna Keahey; and their 15-year-old daughter Camryn Keahey were found dead early Feb. 28 fire at their home in the 700 block of Lovern Street. Eugene served as a pastor at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Sandbranch. 

Darryn Keahey, 17, was found alive after the fire but died the next day in the hospital. 

Eugene Keahey's death was ruled a suicide, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's office. He died from a gunshot wound to the head. 

Deanna and Camryn Keahey died from thermal burns and smoke inhalation. Darryn Keahey died from complications from thermal burns and smoke inhalation. 

Their deaths were ruled homicides. 

The Cedar Hill Fire Department and the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office are still investigating the cause of the fire. 

Investigators await laboratory results from samples submitted to the Texas Department of Public Safety laboratory.

If you or someone you know is in need of help, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the crisis line with the word "home" to 741741.


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