Parents of 16 kids killed in brutal home invasion

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BEULAH, FL (CNN) - Authorities are searching for suspects in a brutal home invasion.

Byrd and Melanie Billings were found shot to death in their bedroom in Escambia County, Florida Thursday night.

They have 16 children. Eight of them were at home at the time. They weren't hurt.

Nancy Markham, the mother-in-law of the victims' daughter, says her son was inside the home when the shootings happened, and he called her, crying from the scene.

"He's back there," said Markham. "They won't let us in and he said both of them had been murdered."

The Billings adopted 12 of their children - some with special needs. Authorities say the suspects were seen driving a red van when they fled the scene.

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