Wilson couple

Avery Wilson, left, and Yarra Wilson.

The Lancaster County Coroner has ruled the shooting deaths of a Lancaster Township couple was a case of murder-suicide.

Following autopsies this morning, county Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said Yarra Wilson, 42, died as the result of two gunshot wounds. Her manner of death was homicide.

Avery Wilson, 42, died of a single gunshot wound, and his manner of death was listed as suicide.

The Wilsons were found dead together in the bedroom of their Kensington Club apartment in the 600 block of Wyncroft Lane, Lancaster Township, Saturday.

The door to the room was locked when first responders arrived.

Manheim Township police Chief Neil Harkins said an investigation by his department resulted in the same conclusion as the coroner's.

"We believe it was a murder-suicide, based on the position of the bodies and other evidence we found at the scene," he said.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman concurred, saying "everything indicates that he shot her, then took his own life.

"It is certainly tragic and our thoughts are with the families, and especially the youngest child who has lost both her parents."

Both Stedman and Harkins presented their findings to members of the Wilsons' families before information was released to the media.

Harkins declined to say why Avery Wilson would shoot his wife of nearly 11 years, and then himself.

"I don't think that would be fair to the family right now," he said. "They've been through enough."

Police believe the shootings occurred between 7 and 9:40 a.m. Saturday.

There were two children and two adults in the home at the time, Harkins said.

At least three of them were children of the Wilsons, he said.

The couple had five children - two each from previous marriages and one child together.

All of the children are now staying with family members, according to the chief.

Avery Wilson was assistant principal at Solanco High School and a former teacher and coach at McCaskey High School.

Yarra Wilson was director of human resources at Clair Global in Lititz.

"Our thoughts are with the Wilson family during this tragedy," said Solanco School District Superintendent Brian Bliss.

According to Bliss, 12 counselors, including eight from outside Solanco, were at the high school Tuesday providing grief support for students and faculty.

"(Tuesday) was a tough day," he said. "The day was very emotional for students and staff, but they fared well."

Counseling services again were available Wednesday, Bliss said, utilizing only Solanco counselors.

The superintendent said he planned to notify district staff Wednesday afternoon about the coroner's findings.

But he said that wouldn't change anything the district is doing in the way of counseling.

"I think it just means (Wednesday) afternoon could be another difficult time," he said.

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