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Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 4:30 am

TEMPLE — The six children of Shamara and Quista Henry were removed Monday from Child Protective Services foster care and placed with family members, Judge Charles Van Orden said.

Van Orden presides over Centex Child Protection Court.

The couple died Aug. 12 in what appears to have been a murder-suicide.

Another man who was seriously wounded remained in Scott & White Hospital on Monday.

No update on the man’s condition was available Monday, Temple police spokesman Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said.

Four children were placed with a maternal grandmother; one went to a paternal grandmother, and the youngest was placed in the home of the wounded man’s mother, Van Orden said.

The wounded man is the father of Shamara Henry’s youngest child, who reportedly was in a car seat on the lid of a nearby vehicle’s trunk when the shooting happened.

The Temple Police Department has not released the name of the hospitalized man.

The six children were temporarily placed with foster families by Child Protective Services, confirmed Julie Moody, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services spokeswoman.

“Temple Police Department immediately called CPS to remove the children and place them in foster care pending a search for appropriate family members to take the children,” Moody said. “Then CPS had 14 days to go to the court to make recommendations.”

An appropriate family is one without previous criminal, drug or family violence history, Moody explained.

“We don’t get situations like this one very often,” Moody said. “We’re usually called in because of alleged abuse or neglect and make emergency removals.”

The shooting happened at 8:03 p.m. in the 1000 block of South 29th Street. Temple police received a report of shots fired at the house and heard more shots as they got out of their patrol cars. When they arrived at the house they saw three people. Shamara Henry was dead at the scene and the two men, who were critically injured, were transported to Scott & White Hospital.

Quista Henry was pronounced dead at the hospital from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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