Syracuse police identify victims in apparent murder-suicide

Posted at 7:26 PM, Jan 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-15 14:09:37-05

SYRACUSE -- A shooting in a quiet Syracuse neighborhood led to the discovery of three bodies on Tuesday night, according to police.

Around 6:30 p.m., authorities were called to respond to a disturbance inside a home at 2133 W. 1175 South. When they walked inside, they found the bodies of three females-- one an adult and the other two juveniles.

Syracuse police identified the females as Kyler Ramsdell-Oliva, 32, and her two daughters Kenadee Oliva, 13, and Isabella Oliva, 7.

Officers said all three females suffered gunshot wounds, and the bodies have been taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy.

Ramsdell-Oliva had just moved to Syracuse with her daughters. Friends from her previous neighborhood in Ogden describe her as outgoing and friendly, but someone who was prone to difficult relationships.

"She was your normal, ditzy blond," said Shanika Hernandez, who said she used to spend time with Ramsdell-Oliva more than once a day when they were neighbors in the Meadows area of South Ogden.

Hernandez babysat the girls at times, describing Kenadee as a "free spirit."

"She didn't like wearing shoes, and when she did wear them, they were funky and she'd have blue and pink (in her hair)" Hernandez said of Kenadee.

And Isabella, who went by Bella?

"She wanted to be just like her sister or her mom. She'd walk around in heals and you'd hear her outside singing on the porch," said Hernandez.

According to police, officers have talked to several people in their investigation, including Skyler's fiance. They told Fox 13 they have ruled out the fiance's involvement and consider Ramsdell-Oliva as the only suspect.

Officers said the investigation is ongoing, and more details will be released when they get information from the medical examiner.