HEMPFIELD (KDKA) – The Hempfield Area School District is reeling from the news of the tragic deaths of two of their own.

Dana Remaley worked for the district and both of her boys attended school there.

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On Wednesday, Dana and her 8-year-old son, Caleb, were shot and killed in their beds at their New Stanton home.

Her other son, 14-year-old Jacob, has been charged with the murders of his mother and brother.

Hempfield Area School District Superintendent Dr. Barbara Marin says that guidance counselors are being sent to the three schools affected by the Remaley tragedy.

They will be going to West Hempfield Middle School, where Dana worked with special needs students, to Stanwood Elementary, where Caleb was a third grade student and to Hempfield Area High School, where Jacob was a ninth grade honor student.

In a letter sent to students and staff, Dr. Marin shared news of the deaths with students and staff, saying, “It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the death of Dana Remaley, a personal care assistant at West Hempfield Middle School and her 8-year-old son, Caleb, a third grade student at Stanwood Elementary School.”

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Neighbors were surprised to learn what happened inside the home on Thermo Village Road.

“There was never anything that was a red flag to us. We do live right next door, just a church in between us,” Patrick Lacey, a neighbor, said.

In the criminal complaint, police say Jacob confessed to intentionally killing his mother and younger brother.

Jacob is facing felony charges of criminal homicide and first-degree murder.

Meanwhile, the superintendent says the school district is using all available resources to help students and staff process the murders.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help raise money for funeral costs and other expenses, click here to learn more. 

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