LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A crisis team will be available at Gilmore Lane Elementary to help JCPS students coping with the loss of two of their classmates.

10-year-old Avery Hooper and 8-year-old Aairden Hooper were shot and killed Friday at their home on Bluebird Avenue.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office said their mother, 36-year-old Ashley Hooper, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police believe she killed the boys before killing herself.

LMPD rushed to the home on Bluebird Avenue near Preston Highway just before 9 p.m. Friday.

The father of the two young boys, Jason Hooper, wants everyone to remember his sons and their love of life.

“Aariden he was real funny, jokester, loved to dance and run. He was super-fast and Avery was super smart he was the 10-year-old. He was older. He liked school,” Hooper said.

Aariden and Avery were brothers always at each others' side. Now their father is holding the memory of the last time he saw them close.   

“It was the Sunday before last. I took them back to school shopping,” Hooper said. “I got them both some shoes and I got Avery a game and we come over here and played and they helped us build our fire pit.”

Avery was in 5th grade and Aairden was in 3rd grade at Gilmore Lane Elementary.

The family is grateful for the outpouring of community support, and numb with the loss.

“We’re Christians and we believe in God and that’s all we can do is ask everybody to pray for us,” Hooper said.

Funeral arrangements have not been finalized at this time.

If you would like to help the family with funeral expenses, you can make a donation on the family’s Go Fund Me page.

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