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Police on murder-suicide involving 2 kids: ‘We’re still trying to figure out why’

Police find two children and man dead inside North Richland Hills home

The three were found dead from gunshot wounds inside what neighbors said was a recently renovated residence.
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The three were found dead from gunshot wounds inside what neighbors said was a recently renovated residence.

Neighbors in a quiet subdivision in North Richland Hills said a family in which two children are believed to have been fatally shot by their father early Saturday had not lived there long but had seemed normal.

A 9-year-old boy, a 5-year-old girl and an adult male identified as the children’s father were found dead from gunshot wounds shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday after police responded to a shooting call. The preliminary investigation points to murder-suicide, police said.

Tanner Franklin who lives across the street from the house, which is in the 7400 block of College Circle South, said he heard a strange noise around 6:30 a.m.

“Me and my girlfriend were getting ready to leave for work and we had one of the windows open,” said Franklin. “We heard some weird like yelp-type thing. She was like, ‘Did you hear that?’ I thought it was an animal or something.”

Police said a 911 call came from a woman identified as the children’s mother, who was uninjured.

Another neighbor, who asked not to be identified, was awaken by the woman’s screams.

“She found them around 7 o’clock,” said the neighbor. “She went with the police afterward.”

The police said there have been no previous calls from the house and they were still investigating. Police have not identified the victims.

“There’s no history here,” said Carissa Katekaru, police spokeswoman. “We’re still trying to figure out why. I grew up in North Richland Hills and I would call this a pretty quiet neighborhood.”

Franklin said the family had been recently renovating the home and they moved in sometime around mid- to late October.

He said the family had put up holiday decorations on Thursday.

“They’ve been putting up the Christmas lights,” said Franklin. “You come out here and see them with the dad. They seemed normal, man.”

Denise Albino, 57, said she has been in the neighborhood for 20 years. She was also left puzzled by the incident.

“Oh my God, those poor babies,” she said. “I just can’t understand why people do this kind of thing.”

Albino said she awakened Saturday morning and saw that the house was surrounded by police cars, but was not sure what had happened. Her nephew called and told her what he had heard from a television news broadcast, Albino said.

“I didn’t know them,” Albino said. “I would see the kids playing basketball all the time but I never really got a chance to speak with them.”

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3

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