A father killed his wife and children yesterday. It's the second murder-suicide this week. Is this a disturbing trend?
Now another murder-suicide has occurred under similar circumstances.
Police said Thursday a man who shot and killed his wife and their two children left a suicide note, then shot himself.
All family members had gunshot wounds, Kelso said.
Worried relatives of the couple called police a little before 2 p.m. requesting that officers check on the family's well-being, Kelso said. Police found the four bodies upon arrival.
"They were really good people. I'm shocked," she said. "The kids were just the cutest. They'd come play in our yard -- they always wanted to play -- and we'd color the same coloring book a million times."
"He was just a good family guy," Meeks said of his brother. "Mark was just the kind of guy who never met a stranger, and he could sell ice to the Eskimos."
A neighbor told NBC Meeks had recently lost his job. However, Meeks' employer at Immke Northwest Honda said Meeks got his job back a few weeks ago.
State records show the couple married in September 1999.
Both children attended elementary school, and Dallas-Meeks was an active PTA member. Jimmy was in kindergarten and Abbigail was a third-grader, though both were home yesterday because of a snow day.
"They were a loving family," said Dallas. "They were just wonderful people. Why this happened, I have no idea."
Dallas described his daughter as a "super girl," but declined to say much more.
"I'm really pretty broken right now," he said.
Yellow police tape remained around the family's red brick, ranch-style home on Thursday. Family friends stopped by the house and left stuffed animals and personal notes by a bush on the front lawn.
Denise Ford, 39, said she'd known the family for four years.
"I didn't know of any trouble," Ford said. "They just seemed to be a good, normal family."
This is just another in a long line of similar incidences that suggest a disturbing trend.
On Dec. 24, Bruce Pardo, 45, dressed up as Santa Claus and invaded a Christmas Eve party at his ex-wife's parents' home in suburban Covina, opened fire with a gun and set the house ablaze with racing fuel. Ex-wife Sylvia Pardo and eight relatives were fatally shot or burned. Pardo later killed himself.
In October, a 45-year-old unemployed financial manager despairing over extreme money problems shot and killed his wife, three children, mother-in-law and himself in their home in the Porter Ranch area of the San Fernando Valley.
As the economy worsens, will we be seeing more and more of these cases?