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Grief-stricken Raven Bumgarner, whose sons Shaun, seven, and Riley, six, were killed in a murder-suicide in West Virginia while staying with her ex Brian’s new wife, says she feels her soul has been “ripped out.”
Police confirmed shot Raven’s boys, along with the her own three children – Kian, 4, Aarikyle, 3, and Haiken, one – before burning down their farmhouse and turning the gun on herself.
Greenbrier County Sheriff, Bruce Sloan, revealed the shocking details of the December 8 tragedy during a press conference in Fairlea last week – saying ‘depressed’ Oreanna left suicide notes and fully confessed.
In her first interview since the tragedy, heartbroken Raven told The Sun exclusively: “It’s like your soul is ripped out of you.
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“How could you do that to children?
“I feel she was of complete sound mind, she didn’t write me a letter, she was selfish and she wanted to hurt people.
Raven, who also has three-year-old Khari from a previous relationship, branded her “evil” and added: “It’s hard. It really is hard, I probably wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have my daughter.
“I’d always told my kids, ‘Mommy’s always here, mommy always comes back,’ but mommy couldn’t stop this.”
Text messages released by police show Oreanna was annoyed Brian was staying at his father’s house during the working week.
He claimed he needed to be closer to his job at a sauna business after the family car was rendered unusable from a previous accident.
Asked what she feels her motive was, Raven said: “[I believe] she wanted to take everything from Brian.
“But she didn’t just hurt Brian when she did this, she didn’t just hurt his kids, she hurt everybody.”
Discussing the harrowing day she lost her boys, she said she dropped them off to stay with the couple and made small talk with Oreanna, oblivious of her mental state.
She said she later received a photograph and text messages from Brian’s cousin who lives near the home, telling her it was on fire and completely engulfed with flames, but begged: “Don’t panic.”
“I called Brian and he was on his way home, I jumped in my car and left my daughter with a sitter,” Raven said.
“The whole way there I was expecting to see all five children and Oreanna outside.
“It was like, ‘Check the barn, check the barn’. And I was waiting for them [the boys] to come out of the woods.
“My brother was telling me, ‘Don’t do anything stupid’ because he knew that I would jump in and try to go get my kids.
“But there was nothing to jump in to, there was a chimney standing and flames.”
Raven says she didn’t have confirmation her children were dead for hours as firefighters from across the county desperately searched through the monstrous blaze.
She waited “in limbo and denial” for a police update – after the two-storey home was left totally gutted by the fire.
“She shot all five kids in the head and set the house on fire and went outside and shot herself,” Raven said.
“They [cops] described she used a single action shotgun. You have to break it down and reload it after every single shot.
“How can you do that five times to five children?
“In these letters she’s apologized, making it all about mental illness.
“But she did it five times, wrote four different letters, you set this up, this wasn’t just some mental illness, it was planned.”
Raven, who had spent years struggling as a single mom and previously lived in a trailer before buying a new house in August, said last year was the first Christmas she’d been able to spoil her children.
But after the tragic day her family was torn apart, she says the boys’ presents remain untouched in her attic as she’s too overwhelmed with grief to move them.
Talking about her loss, she said: “It’s waking up [and thinking] ‘I gotta get breakfast ready for the kids’, just to realize you only have one.
“It’s expecting to find them in their rooms and they’re not there.
“It’s turning around the corner to see them raiding the fridge. And they’re not there.
“I can’t even bring myself to go back up there [where they died] because it’s expecting them to get in my car.”
Raven, who grew up in foster care and rarely speaks to her birth parents, has her brother Tyler supporting her, along with friends and an outpouring of love from thousands of strangers across the world.