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GRESHAM POLICE: Mother Shot And Killed Her Two Kids Before Killing Self

GRESHAM, Ore. – Police say a mother shot her two children before killing herself in Gresham.

Officers were called to a welfare check at an apartment on Southeast 185th near Yamhill on Tuesday morning and found 31-year-old Ashley Palmer and her 6 and 8 year-old kids shot to death.

They believe it was a murder-suicide.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or is contemplating suicide, help is available: 

  • The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center urges those who are struggling to seek help. Call 503-988-4888 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Call 800-273-8255 to reach free, confidential support 24 hours a day from Lines for Life or visit for a full list of help services. En Español: 888-628- 9454. TTY: 800-799-4TTY (4889).
  • Youthline, a service of Lines for Life, is a peer crisis and help line for those 21 and younger. Teens are available to help daily, 4 to 10 p.m. Pacific Time (off-hour calls answered by adult call counselors). Call 877-968-8491, text “teen2teen” to 839863, or chat online at
  • Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 with the message “Home” for support any time, night or day.

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