The Stockdales, a family of bluegrass musicians featured in a 2008 episode of "Wife Swap," are currently caught up in a double homicide investigation.

Stark County, Ohio, Sheriff George T. Maier told CBS News that 25-year-old Jacob Stockdale was found Thursday with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head; authorities also found 54-year-old Kathryn Stockdale and 21-year-old James Stockdale dead. Jacob is believed to have shot his mother and brother, then turned the gun on himself -- but Jacob was last reported to still be alive and in "critical condition".

The "Wife Swap" episode described the Stockdales as "devoutly religious," banning television and video games, with the parents believing it was their role to censor everything their kids watched and listened to.

Husband/father Timothy Stockdale wasn't home at the time of the shooting, and the two other sons live in a different town. The four brothers make up a bluesgrass band with their father.

Eldest son Calvin Stockdale said (via CBS News) that James had been an aspiring entertainment businessman who was working on a business degree. "James, our youngest brother, has always been a catalyst of family fun. Aside from being a gifted musician, James enjoyed dancing and had a innate love of people." Calvin's statement also said that Jacob "is still in critical condition and we are praying for his physical recovery as our family makes funeral plans and begins the healing process."

It's unclear what the motive may have been. If Jacob recovers, authorities must hope that he can shed some light on this tragedy.

[h/t: TMZ]

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