Mother, children found dead in apparent murder-suicide in New Orleans _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A grim faced Mayor Mitch Landreiu listens as Police Chief Michael Harrison speaks at the scene of a double homicide and suicide in New Orleans East Thursday.

It appears that Michelle McCullum, 25, shot her two children, 3-year-old Cylie and 5-year-old Caden, then turned the gun on herself. They were last seen around 10 p.m. Wednesday leaving their home in the 1200 block of Treme Street in a dark blue 2014 Nissan Murano. McCullum had been a sophomore at the University of New Orleans, majoring in pre-dental hygiene, said Adam Norris, a spokesman for the university.