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Minnesota police say mom drowns two kids then kills herself

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 A horrible tragedy is unfolding in the community of Zimmerman, Minnesota...which is about 45 miles northwest of Saint Paul.

 Police there say Stephanie Shields drowned her two children, 6-year-old Josephine and 7-year-old Nolen, and then killed herself.

 At the school the kids attended, counselors have been brought in to help their young friends try to make sense of this.

 The school superintendent, Dr. Mark Bezek, says it doesn't make sense that something so violent would happen so close to home. "You know everybody. Which is nice. It's a safe place - this is one of those things - my God - I can't believe this happened."

 Police aren't sure of a motive, but they do say the kids' dad moved out of the family home within the last week.

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