Police in Nova Scotia say autopsies being done following apparent murder-suicide

A clearer picture is emerging of the former soldier involved in an apparent murder-suicide in Nova Scotia.

In his own words, Lionel Desmond posted messages on social media revealing he was struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.

In a Facebook post dated December 3rd, he wrote that he was "truly sorry for freaking out" at his wife and daughter.

He went on to say "I apologize for anything out (of) my control. I will fix it, if not, I'll live with it."

Desmond, who was 33, along with his 31-year-old wife, 10-year-old daughter and 52-year-old mother were all found shot dead in the family home on Tuesday.

RCMP said autopsies were performed on the bodies Thursday and they hope to be able to say more about the case on Friday.

The deaths come at a time when Veterans Affairs officials say they're struggling to process requests for assistance from ill and injured ex-soldiers -- many of whom are dealing with mental health issues.

Nova Scotia's premier says officials are looking into how the province's health-care system dealt with Desmond before he died with his family in an apparent murder-suicide.

Stephen McNeil says it's clear that Desmond received treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder from the military, but it's less clear what level of care may have been provided by the province.

The premier says the Health Department and the province's health authority are reviewing what services were offered and whether the proper protocols were followed.

He called the deaths in Upper Big Tracadie an "unspeakable loss."

(With files from The Canadian Press)