Reinhart boys

The Reinhart family is asking for privacy and thanks the community for reaching out after the murder-suicide death of Paul Reinhart and his two boys Brody and Rex.

A statement for the family was released by the Frankel Media Group on Saturday ahead of Mother's Day on May 9:

"The families involved in this horrific tragedy are deeply grieving and ask everyone – public and press– to please respect and acknowledge the appropriate time and distance that they need to process this unfathomable reality. This extremely difficult and emotional event – at the onset of Mother's Day weekend – understandably requires time to pray, reflect, and absorb this terrible outcome.

The families extend their thanks to the entire community for the generous outpouring of prayers, love, and support during this unimaginable time. We urge anyone suffering sadness, depression, or dangerous urges and their families to actively seek professional help. Tragedies such as what we are suffering now can and must be avoided. Help is readily available. Reach out for it.

We also ask that members of the media please respect the families' desire and need for privacy now. Please do not call or go to their homes. In the interest of the families well-being please limit your inquiries to the families’ media contact. Inaccurate or hasty reporting only add unnecessary pain to our grieving family.

We appreciate your thoughts and prayers as we find our way through this difficult time."

A Rex and Brody Reinhart Memorial Fund has been established by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida to honor the boys and support causes they cared about.

According to the fund page details, "Donating to this fund will increase the impact of its charitable fund purpose and grantmaking abilities."

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Mainstreet Daily News Reporter

Suzette Cook is a Mainstreet Daily News reporter who has been a community journalist for more than 30 years.

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