updated 9/27/2010 6:14:17 PM ET 2010-09-27T22:14:17

A pharmacist apparently shot and killed his two young sons and himself in their suburban Columbus home while his wife was away for the weekend, authorities said.

Sarah Geller, also a pharmacist, called 911 Sunday after she found the bodies of her husband, Troy Geller, 35, and their two sons, Solomon, 8, and Samson, 6, in their home in Upper Arlington, police spokeswoman Heather Galli said.

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Galli said the deaths were an apparent murder-suicide.

Autopsies showed that Troy Geller died from a gunshot wound to the head, said Franklin County Coroner Dr. Jan Gorniak. The two boys died from multiple gunshots to the head and chest.

Galli would not say what police believe was the motive. There were no reports of domestic violence at the home, however.

The Geller boys had just started school at Barrington Elementary School. Solomon was in the second grade and Samson was in kindergarten.

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Teachers continued with classes Monday in the rooms where the boys sat last week. Grief counselors made themselves available for faculty members and students.

"Any kind of death and particularly a tragic, unexpected death is a severe loss to our community," said Dan Donovan, a school spokesman. "It's extremely difficult for us to take."

The Gellers married on Valentine's Day in February 1998, the same month they were licensed as pharmacists, according to public records.

Sarah Geller has worked for Medco Health Solutions Inc. near Columbus since 2001, company spokeswoman Ann Smith said. Troy Geller worked as a pharmacist for the same company until April 2005, but it wasn't clear when he started.

Police wouldn't say where Sarah Geller had been over the weekend. She's now staying with relatives.

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