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Psychologist Michele Boudreau Deegan shoots dead 7-year-old Twin Daughters then kills herself

A psychologist in Washington state shot dead her seven-year-old twin daughters while they slept before turning the gun on herself, police say. 

The tragic murder-suicide unfolded on Friday night in Sudden Valley, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office. 

Deputies performing a welfare check at the family's home discovered the bodies of 55-year-old Michele Boudreau Deegan and her daughters the following afternoon after a person living in the multi-level residence reported that they were dead.

Deegan worked as a psychotherapist, according to her website. 

The front page of the site reads: 'My goal is to teach clients new ways of perceiving their problem, healthy coping behaviors for responding to their problem, and healthy attitudes & communication skills for working with their families, partners, or work environment so they can make changes in their own life.' 

Friends said Deegan adored her children but suffered from mental health issues

On the day of the shootings, Deegan shared a number of articles about 'narcissists' on her professional and personal Facebook pages - including several related to parenting and a few about how people in relationships with narcissists can be driven to suicide.  

A person who knew Deegan described her as 'deeply troubled' and told KIRO 7 that they had contacted child welfare authorities with concerns about the twins before their deaths.  

Neighbors told the TV station that the twins were rarely seen outside their home.

'Really right now, I'm just in shock I can't believe this happened,' one neighbor said.  

Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo said: 'It's a real tragic situation that we're still investigating, trying to get more information on what might have motivated someone to do something this horrific.'

Investigators said Deegan killed her daughters (pictured) while they slept on Friday night

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