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Single father of 4 takes in 5 more kids after sister`s tragic murder

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

An Indiana man is adding to the definition of family. He already had four children. Then, tragedy struck his family and five others moved in with him.

Randall Mitchell says this is all about keeping the family together. His sister was killed a couple of weeks ago, leaving behind five children---ranging in age from 1 to 17. How they all got together is very tragic, but what will keep "Team 10" together is a lot of love.

Randall Mitchell needs the necessities now because instead of having four children, he has nine. Mitchell's nieces and nephews moved into his 3-bedroom apartment a couple of weeks ago after Gary police say their father killed their mother and then shot and killed himself in front of her 17-year-old daughter.

"That's when she actually seen her mother laying on the floor face down and she turned to her step dad and said ‘What did you do?' And in return, he just turned around and shot himself," Mitchell explains.

Mitchell says his sister, 37-year-old Alicia Smith had been shot a number of times. After hearing the first shot, her 17-year-old daughter rushed the younger children to a neighbor's house and called 911.

Mitchell says his sisters' 10 year marriage was filled with mental and physical abuse. His sister had taken all of their belongings and moved to a shelter and only went back to the house for a few minutes.

"Within in like 30 minutes of her going to the house just to pick up some paperwork. When she got there, he asked can he talk to her and they went off onto their bedroom when my niece told me they were talking, then they got loud and they started arguing," he says.

Mitchell says the kids have seen too much in their short lives and that's why he has to keep the family together---even though he knows doing so will put a huge financial burden on him.

The 35-year-old single father of two took in another family member's two children two years ago. Now, he calls them all "Team 10."

Because of back problems, Mitchell can't work. He receives about $950 monthly in public assistance and disability. He's hoping to get more help from the government but for right now this is all he has.

Mitchell says he's filed paperwork to adopt all of his nieces and nephews. Aside from keeping the kids all together, he wants to make sure they never forget their mother and everything she did for them.

If you'd like to donate clothes or anything else that might help the family out, you can do so at:

Attn: Smith Family of Gary
First United Methodist Church
6635 Homan Ave.
Hammond, Ind. 46324

If you'd like to make a monetary donation, you can do so at any Centier Bank location to the "Smith Family of Gary Benefit Fund." Use routing number: 071902878 and account number: 100933157.

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