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Cops: Dad Kills Wife, Five Kids in Murder-Suicide

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Associated Press: Los Angeles police say a father who was distraught over issues at work shot to death his wife and their five children before turning the gun on himself.

Among the victims are 2-year-old twin boys, 5-year-old twin girls, an 8-year-old girl and their mother. Police say a man at the home called and sent a rambling fax to a local station indicating that he was going to kill himself and his family over a workplace dispute with his employer, a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Los Angeles.

Police say a call was also made from the home to 911. The caller, believed to be the father and shooter, said he had just returned home around 8:30 AM this morning to find his family murdered. When cops arrived, everyone in the house was dead.

In the letter to the TV station, the suspect mentioned that he and his wife had both been fired from their job. The letter indicated that this tragedy may have been planned by both the husband and the wife because they were unsure how to support their children.

News helicopters showed a sizable two-story tract home with a red tiled roof on a tidy street. A children's playset was in the backyard.

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10 comments so far | Post a comment now
dragonfly311 January 27, 2009, 3:06 PM

If the parents idea was to kill themselves and their kids they are obvs crazy. Help us out there people!

Red Lotus Mama January 27, 2009, 3:11 PM

Wow … that is horrible. Why? Why would someone feel that desperate? That just breaks my heart.

andrea January 27, 2009, 3:28 PM

Hello moms. I recently had a death of a close family member. I lost my home on Nov 14th. I have battled a disease which was diagnosed as lupus . During my treatment I actually went through cancer treatment and still go to a cancer center. This has made me bankrupt twice. I applied for ssi when I had to leave a great paying job, but only after 4 years (and losing everything)I am finally on the hearing level. Being homeless for the last 3 months especially at christmas time with 4 kids..was awful. Depression might be at its worse but NEVER WOULD I TAKE MY KIDS DOWN WITH ME. We must remind ourselves that no matter how bad things become or how destitute we feel.. someone always has it worse.

Maura January 27, 2009, 4:00 PM

No way did this mother agree to be part of the suicide. That’s a cover on the Dad’s part. He killed his wife and babies. I think it was him and him alone who did the shootings and made the decisions.

rugbymom January 27, 2009, 4:10 PM

I don’t think it is possible to imagine anything reasonable going on inside that father’s mind. I would not even try to relate, my first instinct tells me the same Maura, how could the mother go along with this…but I have heard mothers doing the same thing, so we may never know. Regardless, this is a tragedy and an extreme act of desperation. I have a hard time imagining them both being insane and depressed enough to do this together…but you never know…


sylvia January 28, 2009, 11:17 PM

I am unemployed fr a SF Hospital on Jackson St due to DON’s retaliation which is a better option than to beg for survival under suppression and fear. DON came to my office with Pharm mgr and 2 of them mumbled to turn my office into a storage. Next day, I found password disabled. They dis-allow me to return & escorted me out of the hospital like a criminal & I was prohibited to approach the hospital, or talked to the staffs, the JCAHO would come to CH anytime. Am I angry? (part 1)
Other nurse called my home for what happened. He called me at work by overhead paged,someone picked up, said that I didn’t work there anymore, only 2 hr apart. Then, Cancer nurse called me at my cell to ask if we were still meeting for the cancer patient support group at noon. My jobs, as an educator,which had been vacant since last JCAHO visited 3 yrs ago and now, I can coordinate an unemployment support group outside to deal with these abusive employers which are only good for slavery. That is my silver lining to the black cloud. (part2)

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why did he even do that because just because his whife broke up whith him

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