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FAMILY: Jeffersontown man accused of killing wife and kids had PTSD

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man police say killed his family and himself was suffering from PTSD, according to his family.

Police say on Sunday, Brad Hettinger shot his wife, Billie Jo, then their two kids, 5-year-old Collin and 4-year-old Courtney, in their home in Saratoga Springs Place near Jeffersontown. Investigators say he then set fires throughout the home and turned the gun on himself.

Earlier this morning, the Hettinger Family released a statement, saying the family is devastated by what happened. They say Brad was actively seeking help for complications associated with PTSD, while attending marriage counseling with his wife.

The text of that statement is below:

We as a family are devastated and deeply shaken by the events that have transpired. Brad Hettinger was an honorable, respectable, family-centered man who believed strongly in his religious values, who served his country with valor, and who provided a nurturing and caring environment for his family. Before the events of March 20th, Brad was actively seeking help for complications associated with PTSD while simultaneously attending marriage counseling with his wife. We ask the greater Louisville community to direct some of your prayers and thoughts towards the Gayheart and Hettinger families during this most grievous of times.

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