Troubling texts preceded Father’s Day murder of wife and two children

Barry C. Harris killed his wife and two of his children on Father’s Day. (Facebook)

CHESTERFIELD, Va. –Renotta Jernigan and her two children were murdered just eight days after friends say she told her husband Barry C. Jernigan she wanted a divorce.

Renotta, 30, and Barry, 35, who went by Chris, had been married for six years. According to Renotta’s lifelong friend Courtney Winn, Renotta was upset by his inability to keep a job and she “was over it.”

Chris has worked the past four months at EcoLab, and told Courtney’s husband that he was having trouble keeping that job due to problems with Renotta.

On Father’s Day Chris sent out a goodbye via his work email that read: “God give me the strength not to do this.”

His last Facebook post was “Just pray for my kids they understand.” Renotta posted a comment asking him to call her.

A final text read “Goodbye everyone.”

Read more on how neighbors tried to save the family: WTVR