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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – An Early County man shot his wife, two children, and then himself Friday night. 

Thirty-seven year old Matthew Lowell Justice shot his wife, 36-year old Amy Lynn Justice, and their two children, 14 year old Garrett and 11 year old Emily. He then shot himself.

He and his wife are dead and their son is in critical condition.

The daughter is out of the hospital and recovering.

The shootings happened at their home on Second Kolomoki Road, north of Blakely, just before midnight.

Matthew and Amy Justice were both school teachers.

"We've called the GBI to be the lead agency on this case and we'll assist. At this time we're not commenting on any possible motives or getting into the particulars," said Chief Inv. Will Caudill, Early County Sheriff's Dept.

Early County Sheriff's Office, fire department, and Calhoun and Early County EMS responded to the shooting.

Both the victim and the shooter were teachers in the public school system in Early County, the family was well known in the Blakely area.

"I found out about eight this morning," said Jesse Still, Family Friend.

"There's no finer family than the justice family," said Sibbie Smith, Family Friend.

They all got the news about the shooting early Saturday.

"My mom and dad woke me up to tell me what happened," said Chandler Sumner. "There were very few people who didn't know the Justice's."

When Jesse Still got the news she sent out a text message for the community to gather in prayer.

"I expected it to be just a few of their friends a lot of young people it just touched me so many people care about the Justices," said Still.

In less than two hours more than two hundred gathered on Early County High football field.

"They were very active in the church Matt was very active in the youth group, he was in the praise band," said Smith.

Two of his best friends hope 14-year-old Garrett Justice pulls through.

"We're all into music," said Logan Bertrand.

"The community is in shock, we're all numb," said Smith.

On Tuesday Chandler Sumner spent the night with the family.

"We all went to the water park, me his mom his dad, one of Emily's friends, nothing was out of the ordinary," said Sumner.

His two best friends told WALB they hope Garrett Justice recovers in time to make it back to school this coming year.

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