WEST UNION, W.Va. - A teenage boy allegedly killed his parents and younger sister in rural Doddridge County on Monday.
The shootings occurred about 6 p.m. at a home along W.Va. 18 North, according to a press release from the Doddridge County Sheriff's Department.
Three people were killed and a juvenile was taken into custody, but police were tight-lipped about any other details of the crime.
Neighbors identified the victims as Fred and Dixie Spencer and their young daughter. The shooter, neighbors say, was the Spencers' teenage son, Joseph.
The Spencer home, covered in log cabin siding with a gabled front porch and green aluminum roof, sits in a blind turn on top of a hill along W.Va. 18 a few miles outside West Union town limits.
Police cordoned off a gravel road leading to the house, which is separated from the main road by a guardrail, a barbed wire fence and a small pasture.
A white pickup truck and a West Virginia State Police cruiser were parked outside the home Tuesday afternoon.
Neighbors David and Sharon Stewart said the Spencers had lived in the house for only two years.
David said Fred Spencer was a pilot for UPS and Dixie was a teacher in nearby Ritchie County. The family previously lived in Center Point, but purchased the property from David's sister so Dixie could be closer to her job.
The Spencers had two sons and two daughters. The Stewarts could not remember the children's names but said the two boys were in high school, one daughter was a junior at Marshall University and the other daughter was in fourth grade at Doddridge County Elementary School.
A representative for sororities at Marshall University confirmed the daughter is a member of the school's Alpha Chi Omega chapter.
The representative said members of sororities and fraternities at the school wore red Tuesday in support of the young woman.