CROWLEY, Texas (AP) – Police in North Texas say a man fatally shot his girlfriend and killed two of her teenage daughters before turning the gun on himself.
Crowley Police Chief Luis Soler said Tuesday that investigators are still working to determine what led 36-year-old Samuel Morales to target the three at the home they shared south of Fort Worth.
Soler says 34-year-old Xiomara León was shot multiple times Sunday, as was her daughter, 18-year-old Linda Gonzalez. Thirteen-year-old Yasmine Zavala was strangled.
The bodies were found by officers responding to a report of a suicide attempt at the home.
Soler says another of León's children, a 9-year-old boy, witnessed part of the attack and called a relative, who then called 911. The boy was not physically harmed.
Soler would not describe the nature of the victims' injuries, saying only that the bodies had "obvious signs of trauma."
"We don't know exactly what happened out there," he said, adding that the medical examiner's office had not yet determined the victims' identities or causes of death.
The four appeared to be "a family unit," but it was not immediately clear exactly how they were related, he said.
Soler said that officers found no indication of a forced entry and that the initial investigation suggests it was an isolated event. He said it was too early to call the incident a murder-suicide and said authorities would probably be at the scene all night.
The deaths will have "a huge impact in this tight-knit community," the chief said. Crowley, a city of about 13,000, according to its website, is about 15 miles south of Fort Worth.