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3 family members found dead in north Fort Worth home

FORT WORTH -- Three family members - a husband, wife and teenage daughter - were found shot to death Wednesday evening in their far north Fort Worth home, police said.

Investigators believe the man killed his wife and daughter and then shot himself, said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman.

The body of the girl, 14, was found in a bed, with her mother, 36, slumped next to her on the floor, both of them shot, he said.

The 44-year-old man was lying in the room's doorway, shot in the head. The gun lay near his body, Henderson said.

The victims were identified as Eliana Vece, and her daughter Mailen Pizarro, according to the Rev. Roland Johnson, pastor at Primera Iglesia Bautista of Keller, where the mother and daughter attended church. Johnson said the mother and daughter were from Argentina. Johnson said the man's name was Jim. According to Tarrant Appraisal District records, the owner of the house is James Vece.

The bodies were found by a Fort Worth police officer who had gone into the house in the 4600 block of Birchbend Lane.

Irving police, who had been called by Irving school officials, had asked Fort Worth police to check on the welfare of the woman, Henderson said. Eliana Vece was a teacher in the Irving school district and has taught at Brandenburg Elementary School in Irving.

The officer who went to check got no answer at the door.

"After speaking with a couple of neighbors, he ran into a neighbor who said he had heard yelling coming from the house" about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Henderson said.

The neighbor said he heard sounds that he thought were fireworks, Henderson said.

With that information, the officer opened a window of the house and found the bodies, he said.

The house is in the Summerfields neighborhood near North Beach Street and Basswood Boulevard.

Neighbors said the family had lived at the residence for about five years.