From ABC News Australia:

Authorities have arrested a man and a woman after discovering six people, including two children, slain on Christmas Eve in a small town near the US city of Seattle.

“We still don’t have a motive, as such, but the suspects are known to the victims,” John Urquhart, spokesman for the King County Sheriff’s Department, told reporters.

He said the suspects, a man and woman in their late 20s or early 30s, were arrested on suspicion of homicide but did not disclose their names. The suspects are expected to be charged later this week.

The six victims were killed by “homicidal violence,” most likely from gunshot wounds, Mr Urquhart said.

The absurdly depressing gun-spree over the last few weeks in the US makes many wonder just how the gun problem will evercome under control. The all-pervasive answer in response to a new attack is always ‘well if they’d all had guns they could have defended themselves’. And thus the cycle continues.

Let’s hope someone thinks of the real answer (ie: you aren’t allowed to have guns) really really soon.