VINE GROVE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police and neighbors are still trying to figure out why a father apparently shot his 11-year-old daughter, then turned the gun on himself in a quiet Vine Grove neighborhood Monday night.


Kentucky State Police says officers were called to a home on Willow Crossing Court about 9 p.m. Monday on the report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found 49-year-old John Jonas and his 11-year-old daughter, Tosha Jonas dead from gunshot wounds.


Neighbors tell us they were found outside the home in a side yard.


John Jonas was a single father who lived alone with his daughter.


Tosha Jonas was a student at Vine Grove Elementary, and was expected to begin state testing this morning. A crisis response team is on hand at the school to offer grief counseling for students and staff.


John Wright, a spokesperson for Hardin County Schools, described Tosha as a "very loving little girl that just loved being around people, and sharing and laughing. Just a carefree little girl that tragically lost her life."


The question everyone is asking now is: why? At this point, the father's motive for killing himself and his daughter remains unclear.


Vine Grove Police say they have not had a murder in their small community for at least 10 years so they have asked Kentucky State Police to assist in the investigation.


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