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UPDATE: Man stabs woman, shoots two children, then himself in Paoli, Indiana

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana State Police have released the names of two children who authorities say were shot by their father inside a home in Paoli on Tuesday.

Officials have identified the children as 3-year-old Addison Randolph and 6-year-old Leon Gehl.

Indiana State Police say 37-year-old Jeremy Gehl stabbed his wife, 33-year-old Melissa Randolph and shot the two children, before killing himself Tuesday evening.

Police say 3-year-old Addison was pronounced dead a few hours later.

At a candlelight vigil Wednesday night friends and neighbors said they are pulling strength from one another and praying for the families involved. 

Friend, Brandi Knight, says she hasn't been able to speak to Melissa Randolph yet, but wanted to reach out to her through this vigil.

"We want her to know how very loved she is and we're praying for her and her babies," Knight told WDRB News. 

Nearly 50 people came to the vigil and remembered a young life that was gone too soon. 

"She was wonderful. The sweetest, cutest, just the most precious thing ever," Knight recalled of 3-year-old Addison.

"They were beautiful kids. No kid deserves what has happened. Melissa doesn't deserve it, the Gehl family doesn't deserve it," said Misty Lashley, who says she is friends with both families. 

According to a release, Melissa Randolph and Jeremy Gehl were fighting inside their home Tuesday evening. During the fight, police say Gehl attacked Randolph with a knife.

When the pair's children came downstairs, police say Gehl shot them both with a shotgun before shooting himself.

Both children were airlifted to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville. Leon Gehl is listed in critical condition. Jeremy Gehl was pronounced dead at the scene, according to ISP spokesperson Sgt. Phillip Hensley.

Hensley said at about 5:25 p.m. the Orange County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of shots fired on Helm Street.

They say officers found Melissa Randolph outside the home with knife injuries and one of the children in her arms.

"It's a sad situation," Lashley said. "A lot of people knew right away what had happened." 

WDRB News has learned Jeremy Gehl has been involved in a shooting before. 

"He was my number one child," Edith Thacker said about her son, Billy Bledsoe. 

Officials say Jeremy Gehl shot and killed Bledsoe in November of 2010 in Orleans, Indiana. Gehl was never charged. 

"The prosecutor wouldn't do nothing about it, judges wouldn't do nothing about it," Thacker said. 

WDRB News asked Orange County Prosecutor Kelly Minton for a copy of the police report from the 2010 shooting and he would not release it. He instead provided a copy of a press release that was sent out after the incident. 

It says Minton concluded Jeremy Gehl was justified in using deadly force and that Jeremy Gehl believed he had to shoot Bledsoe to protect his brother. The release also states Bledsoe came out of his mobile home with a shotgun. 

Years later, Bledsoe's family still doesn't believe that's what happened. 

"We thought they was getting away with murder," Bledsoe's mother said. 

The press release also says Jeremy Gehl served in the Marines and had a lifetime personal protection permit to carry a handgun. 

Friends of the family say he was estranged from his wife and he would visit the home to see the kids. 

Indiana State Police are still investigating the case.

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