THE woman found dead alongside her two children and her husband in their home in the US is originally from Killarney and a member of a very well-known local family.
She has been named as 53-year-old Joan Huber (née Kelly) who was born and reared in Coolcaslagh, Spa, Killarney.
Joan is the daughter of Sheila (née Doolan) and the late John Kelly and one of five children. She has two brothers, Patrick and Denis, and two sisters, Kathryn and Bernadette.
Her father, who worked as a community psychiatric nurse attached to St Finan’s Hospital, was a high-profile former chairman and president of the East Kerry Board and a great community activist.
A respected historian and author who was also very involved in the promotion of rowing in Killarney, he once contested a general election in South Kerry for the Progressive Democrats. The late Mr Kelly passed away in February 2018.
Responding to a call from concerned neighbours, police in Reno, Nevada found the bodies of Joan Huber, her husband Adam P Huber (50) and their teenage children, Adam J Huber (17) and Michael Huber (16), in the house. The discovery was made shortly after 11.00am – or 7.00pm Irish time – on Wednesday.
Pending a full investigation, preliminary investigations indicate that it was murder-suicide and it believed the two adults and two teenage boys died as a result of gunshot wounds.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance.
In a statement, Reno Police said officers responded to the 10000 block of Canyon Country following a report.
“This appears to be an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community,” the statement read.
“We need to determine exactly what happened. We’re going to have to go through this whole house to make sure we cover all the bases and make sure our initial thoughts are accurate.”
Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Michael Gleeson, who is a friend and neighbour of the Kelly family, said the entire community has been numb since the shocking news filtered through from the US.
“It is a horrific tragedy and everybody in the community of Spa and throughout the entire county of Kerry shares their pain and their deep sorrow,” he told KillarneyToday.com.
Mayor Gleeson said the Kelly’s are a wonderful, kind and caring family and that anything the community can do to help ease their pain will be done in a heartbeat.
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