Four children—Kaileigh Lin (age 17), Lia Lin (age 15), Meigan Lin (age 14), and Bo Li (age 14) were killed by their adoptive mother, Cynthia Collier, in a murder-suicide. The children were homeschooled.
Cynthia and Randall Collier, Sr. were married in Virginia in 1982 and had three biological children, two boys and a girl. Around 2000, the family moved to Tennessee. From 2003-2008, the Colliers adopted four children from China. Around 2007, the Colliers separated, with the children staying with their mother. When the couple filed for divorce in March 2018, the children asked to stay with their mother. Neighbors described the family as “exceedingly private” and authorities described their home as “immaculate.”
In October 2018, Cynthia Collier shot and killed Kaileigh, Lia, Meigan, and Bo, then shot and killed herself. Their bodies were found when her older biological son, who lived with them, came home and notified authorities.
Date: October 15, 2018
Location: Columbia, Tennessee