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4-year-old among four family members killed in ‘tragic’ murder-suicide, Texas cops say

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The bodies of four family members, including a young child, were found in a Texas apartment Thursday, May 19, after an apparent murder-suicide, the sheriff’s office said.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales said a man drove to a second-floor apartment in a Houston suburb, where he shot and killed his ex-wife, their 4-year-old daughter and the woman’s mother.

He then killed himself and deputies found all four bodies when they entered the apartment, the sheriff said in a press briefing carried by KHOU.

An investigation is ongoing, but Gonzalez said the man and his estranged wife had been in the process of divorce or separation for several months. He said there had been “ongoing issues” between them, including allegations that the man had harmed their young daughter.

“It happened so fast. Obviously he was determined to do it and he was armed with a gun,” the sheriff said. “The opportunity was there, the gun was in hand, and he ‘carried out.”

The victims have not been publicly identified as of May 17. Gonzalez said the mother works at a school connected to a mosque and a colleague went to see her when she didn’t show up for work.

Mia Thomas, a neighbor who heard the gunshots, said she was “very shocked”, according to KTRK.

“I kind of had a feeling and it makes sense that I heard four shots, then a pause, then two,” she told the station. “It makes sense, but it’s just crazy.”

The bodies were found in the living room and kitchen of the home, according to the sheriff. It is believed the woman was leaving the apartment with her daughter when she was confronted by her ex-husband, Gonzalez said.

Deputies found a semi-automatic pistol next to the man’s body, Gonzalez said.

“Very tragic situation,” Gonzalez said. “Especially with a 4 year old involved. It breaks your heart beyond words.

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