Huntsville City Schools offers condolences on the deaths of two Mountain Gap students, community plans candlelight vigil


Connie Henriksen Foster is pictured with her children, 10-year-old Layla House and 8 -year-old David House. The three were found dead in their home Monday evening, June 6, 2016, in a suspected murder-suicide. (Facebook)

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools offered condolences Tuesday for the deaths of two children and their mother.  The children attended Mountain Gap Elementary School.

Their bodies, along with their mother’s body, were discovered at a home on Crestfield Drive Monday afternoon.

Police say a family member returned home and found the bodies of 35-year-old Connie Foster, her 10-year-old daughter Layla House, and her 8-year-old son David House.

Police say the case appears to be a murder-suicide.  Investigators haven’t said yet how the three died.

Huntsville City Schools released this statement Tuesday:

The entire Mountain Gap community is very saddened to learn of the loss of two of our students and their mother, and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to their family.  Layla was a vibrant, happy-go-lucky girl who was adored by her teachers and friends at Mountain Gap.  David was a sweet, caring boy with a gentle spirit who was beloved by his classmates and teachers.

They will be missed and we ask everyone to keep this family and the Mountain Gap School community in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Friends plan to hold a candlelight vigil for the family at Mountain Gap Elementary on Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m.