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Makeshift memorial honors victims of double murder suicide

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MEADE COUNTY, Ky (WDRB) -- Kentucky state police say it was a double homicide suicide that resulted in three deaths inside a Meade county home on Friday.

Authorities are still trying to figure out what led up to the killings but court documents show there were warning signs long before the murders.

"I never dreamed of anything like that. It's such a quiet neighborhood. You don't hear that going on at all. Not at all," said neighbor Sindy Armstrong.

Officials were called to a home on Otterview Court just outside Brandenburg Friday morning to make a welfare check.

Inside they found three people dead from gunshot wounds.

Police believe 50-year-old Warren Earle Tripp used a semi automatic handgun to kill his girlfriend, 42-year-old Ellen Cain and her 13-year-old son who friends identify as Tucker Wimpee.

They say Tripp then shot and killed himself.

13-year-old Tucker is said to be the son of Phillip Wimpee, a Meade County Sheriff's Deputy.

While Deputy Wimpee makes funeral arrangements for his ex wife and son, neighbors who knew Tucker are mourning his loss.

"He would ride up and down the street on his bicycle, nice little guy," said Armstrong.

Court documents show that Deputy Wimpee tried to get sole custody of Tucker in 2010.

In those documents, he requested his children have limited contact with Warren Earle Tripp, calling the environment at his house dangerous and full of inappropriate behavior.

"Terrible situation. Terrible, terrible situation," Armstrong told WDRB.

A day later, the police tape has been taken down at the scene and neighbors visit, leaving teddy bears, ribbons and candles to honor Ellen and Tucker.

Armstrong says she saw Tucker just a few weeks before.

"He knocked on my door to sell me a raffle ticket, little guy. He was selling it for some kind of event. I still have the raffle ticket on my refrigerator. Sorry for their loss. So sorry for their loss."

Funeral arrangements are being made.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hager Funeral Home in Brandenburg.

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