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South Hall couple's deaths ruled murder-suicide
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A married couple was found dead Jan. 4, 2020, in their home in this South Hall subdivision. - photo by Shannon Casas
Jan. 16 update: 

The deaths of a couple found Jan. 4 in their South Hall home have been ruled a murder-suicide.

Meakna and Ty Iang died as a result of gunshot wounds to their heads, according to preliminary autopsy results the Hall County Sheriff’s Office received Jan. 14 from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab.

“The investigation revealed that Ty Iang fired a handgun at Meakna Iang and then turned the gun on himself,” the Sheriff’s Office reported in news release.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate.

Jan. 7 update: Autopsies were performed Monday, and the Hall County Sheriff's Office investigators hope to receive the results this week.

Previous story: A married couple were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds in their South Hall home early on Saturday, Jan. 4.

At about 2:30 a.m., Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call about a shooting at a home in the 5000 block of Little Doe Walk in a subdivision near Spout Springs Road. A family member who also lives in the home had discovered Meakna Iang, 47, and Ty Iang, 55, in a bedroom, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Greg Cochran said the couple were married and two of their sons, ages 16 and 20, and the sons’ grandmother were home at the time of the incident. No one is in custody, Cochran said. Sheriff's Office spokesman Derreck Booth clarified Tuesday that those present in the home "are not considered suspects" at this time. 

No other individuals are believed to be involved, and the public is not at risk as a result of the incident, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office declined to speculate about whether the case is a murder suicide.

According to county tax records for the home, the family had been living there since 2006.

By Saturday morning, authorities had left the scene. A basketball goal and one car sat in the driveway of the home, and a few neighbors were coming and going from their homes in The Park at Chestnut Mountain subdivision.

Neighbor Michelle Whitsett said she had known the family for about 11 years, and their sons were friends.

“(They were) very family-oriented, just very nice,” she said. “... They’re just good people, and I don’t understand what happened.”

She said the family had four sons.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate.

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A married couple were found dead Jan. 4, 2020, at their home on Little Doe Walk in South Hall. - photo by Shannon Casas