ME: Pastor shot himself after starting Cedar Hill fire that killed his family

Authorities have found that pastor Eugene Keahey killed himself after starting the fire that claimed the lives of his wife and two of his daughters.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled that Eugene Keahey, who was a pastor at Mount Zion Church of Sand Branch, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Keahey's wife, Deanna, and daughter, Camryn, died the day of the fire at their Cedar Hill home. Another one of Keahey's daughter, Darryn, was pulled from the burning home and taken to the hospital. She died from her injuries on April 1.

The cause of death for those three have been ruled thermal burns/smoke inhalation/homicide.

The deadly fire happened on Feb. 28, at a home on Lovern St., near Highway 67 and Pleasant Run.

After the fatal fire, police said they found evidence inside the home that raised suspicion of a crime, and neighbors told police they heard shots fired during the fire.

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During the investigation, it became clear that the family was having financial difficulties.

Records from the Dallas County Appraisal District indicate their home was foreclosed on last year, before being sold on Jan. 11.

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