TAMPA - The New Tampa mother accused of murdering her teenage son and daughter called her plan a "massacre." Julie Powers Schenecker made the reference in a note she wrote before the January 27 killings, according to police.
Schenecker also wrote that Florida's three day waiting period before a buyer can take a newly-purchased gun home would "delay the massacre," said Tampa Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.
Investigators say Schenecker shot her 13-year-old son Beau on the way to soccer practice and then returned home. She parked her van in the garage and went to her daughter's bedroom where she shot 16-year-old Calyx who was studying at her computer.
Schenecker told investigators she murdered her children because they were "mouthy."
She is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. She has made one court appearance, but has yet to be arraigned.
Her husband, Army Colonel Parker Schenecker was overseas at the time of the murders. He recently attended a memorial service in Tampa.
Today, he is in Texas to attend a memorial service for Beau and Calyx. The service was held in Arlington Heights, Texas.
The Schenecker family has asked, in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to:
The Calyx and Beau Schenecker Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, 550 North Reo Street, Suite 301, Tampa, FL 33609
You can also donate to the memorial fund by calling (813) 282-1975.
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