MINTO, N.D. (AP) _ Counselors are helping students in two North
Dakota communities cope with the weekend slayings of three children
and their grandmother in New Town.
Counselors have been on hand at all three schools in New Town,
where the Sunday shootings happened in a residential neighborhood
in the northwestern community. High School Principal John Gartner
tells The Dickinson Press that the mood is ``very somber.''
Counselors also have been working with students in the
northeastern community of Minto, where the three children had lived
as recently as a month earlier.
Authorities identified the victims as 64-year-old Martha Johnson
and three of her grandchildren: 13-year-old Benjamin Schuster,
10-year-old Julia Schuster and 6-year-old Luke Schuster. A man who
killed himself the same day as the shootings has been described as
a person of interest.