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Parents and daughter killed in domestic dispute

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Two parents and their teenage daughter were killed this morning in a domestic dispute in Olmen, a village in the province of Antwerp near the Dutch border.

The 13-year-old girl was initially taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but she later died there.

Much is still unclear, but HLN reports that it seems the 49-year-old man was a police officer, and his service weapon may have been used in the incident.

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Helen Lyons
The Brussels Times