OREANNA Antoinette Myers fatally shot five children in December of 2020 before setting the house on fire and taking her own life, cops say.
Oreanna Antoinette MyersCredit: WVNS
Who was Myers and what did she do?
Myers, 25, killed her three children and two stepchildren at their home near Williamsburg, West Virginia, on December 8.
The bodies of Shaun Dawson Bumgarner, 7, Riley James Bumgarner, 6, Kian Myers, 4, Arikyle Nova Myers, 3 and Haiken Jirachi Myers, 1, were found inside the home, while Myers’ was found outside.
The medical examiner ruled the manner of death homicide.
Myers’ husband Brian Bumgarner stayed with relatives instead of at home during the work week due to transportation issues, according to Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan.
Two of the children who were killed by Oreanna Antoinette MyersCredit: Family/Morgan Funeral Home
The sheriff said Myers placed three notes inside a plastic bag and taped them to a side-view mirror on the family car, including phone numbers to reach relatives, a confession, and a will.
The couple had three boys together, and the other two children at the home were from Bumgarner’s first marriage.
What is believed to be the motive for the murders?
Text messages between Myers and her husband showed that his absence during the week had been “a tremendous source of contention” between them.
“You’ll have nothing to come back to but to corpse. No one cares why should I?” Myers texted her husband.
Brian Bumgarner was staying with relatives at the time of the murdersCredit: Family/Morgan Funeral Home
“Money will come and go, once I go there’s no replacing me. I beg and cry for help but never get it. It’s my mental health that needs tending to – help me – I do not care anymore.”
Myers texted the father of the children hours before the slayings telling him she left something in their vehicle and that she was sorry she wasn’t “strong enough,” WSAZ reports.
“This is no one’s fault but my own. My demons won over me,” she wrote.
What did she say in her confession?
Myers confession read: “I had shot all boys in the head. I had set house on fire. I had shot myself in the head.
“I’m sorry mental health is serious.
“I hope one day someone will help others like me.
“Mental health is not to joke about or to take lightly. When someone begs, pleads, cries out for help, please help them.
“You just might save a life or more lives. Thank you, O.A.M.”
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