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Family responds after loved one dies in apparent murder-suicide

  • PublishedJune 16, 2024


Andrea Yarbrough and her husband, St. Johns County Fire Lieutenant Shawn Yarbrough, were both found dead inside a St. Augustine home on Thursday.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — The family of Andrea Yarbrough says they are devastated Saturday after the loss of their loved one, who died in what the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is describing as a murder-suicide on Thursday night.

Andrea Yarbrough and her husband, St. Johns County Fire Rescue Lieutenant Shawn Yarbrough, were both found dead inside a St. Augustine home in the Entrada Subdivision around 9:20 p.m.

SJSO said Shawn Yarbrough died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and 34-year-old Andrea Yarbrough died from a gunshot wound. Her death was ruled a homicide, police said.

SJSO said the deaths were a “tragic isolated incident.” 

Andrea’s family was at the home near State Road 207 Saturday afternoon, grieving together. Her family shared this picture of them, alongside her daughter Lily, and sister, Olivia.


In a statement shared with First Coast News, Andrea’s family said it’s hard to put all their feelings into words, but said Andrea was “very loved” and she “will be forever missed by family, friends and anyone else that has crossed paths with her.”

Loved ones set up a GoFundMe to help support Andrea’s daughter.

St. Johns County Fire Chief Sean McGee called the deaths “shocking and tragic” in a statement on Saturday.

“The recently reported events were unexpected, shocking, and tragic for all those affected. As a department, we are profoundly saddened by the loss of life, recognizing its enduring impact on the families and children of those affected,” McGee said in a statement shared on Facebook.

The chief added the department will have grief counselors available for employees and families of employees.

If you or someone you know needs help in a domestic violence situation, Hubbard House has a 24-hour hotline and text line. The hotline number is (904) 354-3114 and the text line number is (904) 210-3698.

If you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis and needs help right away: Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts can reach the suicide prevention lifeline 24/7 by calling or texting 988.

Kids and teens can call the Wolfson Children’s Hospital free mental health hotline at any time at 904-202-7900, or text the word “Life” to 741-741 and a counselor will text you back.




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