AN alleged mass killer shared a chilling Facebook post confessing to killing four family members before turning the gun on himself, police say.
Brandon Taylor Cole-Skogstad, 29, allegedly shot his aunt, uncle and two young cousins, as well as the family dog, at their Minnesota home on Tuesday.
He shot his family while they slept after posting a shocking message on Facebook saying he had made "the absolutely horrid choice,"according to authorities.
The victims have been named as Rian Barry, 44, her husband Sean, 47, and their daughters Shiway, 12, and Sadie, nine.
In the Facebook post shared an hour before police believe the murder took place, Cole-Skogstad wrote that while he had "suffered many years of mental illness," he almost never got help because he felt he didn't "deserve it."
Fox 21 reports that surviving family members confirmed Cole-Skogstad confessed on Facebook, as did chief of Duluth police Mike Tusken.
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In the post, the apparent killer went on to say he wished he could go back in time to make better choices and “ignore the hatred thrown at me by peers for so long.”
Cole-Skogstad called his two young cousins "sweet and beyond angelic."
The post continues: “I cannot fathom how I came to this decision, but I do know this. If there is a God sitting in heaven, I wish so much that he grant my family the most peaceful heavenly afterlife possible.
"If God can truly forgive me, weather or not I ask for it. Weather or not I feel I am worthy, I only ask to tell them all sorry. I truly hope I can learn to accept feelings of love from those that gave it.
"I love you all and please know I knew you all loved me. I tried my best to fight it. Good bye.”
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The post has since been deleted from Facebook.
Police arrived at the family's home in East Hilllside, Duluth, on Wednesday to carry out a welfare check after relatives reported Cole-Skogstad was in a crisis.
They found Cole-Skogstad experiencing a mental health crisis, and a standoff ensued when police learned he had access to weapons.
A SWAT team eventually entered the home after hearing a gunshot and found the four victims's bodies, as well as Cole-Skogstad's.
Chief Tusken called the incident an "unimaginable tragedy" that "is very, very difficult for us, that makes us have heavy, heavy hearts."
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A GoFundMe for the family says: "They were a truly special family who impacted the lives of so many of those around them. They leave behind their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and many many friends.
"Family are not prepared for this horrible tragedy."
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