The death of a Shaker Heights family over the weekend is being investigated as a murder-suicide, according to police.

John Tobin, 57, his wife, Regina, 58, and their twin 15-year-old children Natalie and Graham were found dead in their home on South Woodland on Aug. 30, according to Shaker Heights Police Commander John Cole. There were no signs of forced entry at the home, police said. Natalie was a freshman at Laurel School in Shaker Heights.

“Our hearts are broken. Natalie came to Laurel in the eighth grade – a bookworm, scholar and volleyball player. She was a gentle, warm and thoughtful friend, looking forward with joy to Upper School,” said Ann V. Klotz, head of Laurel School.

Graham was a freshman at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills.

“We are devastated by this tragic news. Graham was a member of our incoming freshman class and expressed so much positive anticipation during last week’s freshman orientation,” Gilmour Head of School Kathy Kenny said in a statement. “Our prayers are with the entire extended Tobin family.”

Mr. Tobin’s father, Phil, called the Shaker Heights police on Sunday after receiving a concerning email from his son, according to the call audio released by Shaker Heights police. The email directed Phil Tobin of Hudson to call the police for a welfare check on the South Woodland home. Phil Tobin said that his son was depressed but was not being treated for his condition. John Tobin recently lost his job, his wife was recovering from cancer and his dog passed away last week, according to the call to police dispatch. Mr. Tobin had been vice president of development at Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals of Cleveland, according to published reports.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has not yet released a cause of death for any of the family members.

Julie Hullett has been a reporter for the Chagrin Valley Times since August of 2018 and covers Gates Mills, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike and Woodmere. She graduated from John Carroll University with a journalism degree in 2018.

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