Marietta, GA - Kisha Holmes, the Gulf War veteran who killed herself and her three children in January, hanged herself, according to a report released Tuesday by the Cobb County Medical Examiner's office.
The report lists the manner of death as suicide. Holmes was found in her Austell apartment seated in a chair with a belt around her neck, and one end of the belt was attached to a door, according to the report.
Officials wrote in the report "a journal written by her found at the scene included her plans to finish her life." Holmes was pregnant with a fourth child at the time of her death.
Investigators have said the children’s bodies showed no outward signs of trauma or violence. The Medical Examiner has not yet released a cause of death for the children, ages 10 and 4 years and 9 months.
Holmes had a history of mental problems. She was a Gulf War Marine veteran, who had been flagged by the Atlanta Veterans Administration as a suicide risk. She missed three appointments, including one on the day her body was found.
The murder-suicide made national news and Holmes’ status as a Marine placed her among the rising numbers of U.S. veterans who take their own lives.
Holmes’ story also made it to the floor of the U.S. Senate. Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson, chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, mentioned her case when he urged colleagues to support additional funding for the VA’s suicide prevention programs.