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Man killed his two children, sister-in-law before committing suicide, authorities say

Fort Worth police talk about investigation after four people found dead in house

Officers were called Monday to the 2000 block of Speckle Drive, just north of Basswood Boulevard. They found four people dead inside the house, the Fort Worth Police Department said.
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Officers were called Monday to the 2000 block of Speckle Drive, just north of Basswood Boulevard. They found four people dead inside the house, the Fort Worth Police Department said.

A 32-year-old Fort Worth man killed his two young children and sister-in-law before turning the gun on himself, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

Ronald Parra died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner.

The deaths of his two children and their maternal aunt, Melinda Mercado, were all ruled homicides.

According to the medical examiner’s office, Michael Parra, who would have turned 2 next month, died from gunshot wounds, as did his 4-year-old sister Alyssa Parra and Mercado, who was 45.

Police have not released any possible motives behind the shootings though homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman confirmed Wednesday that the shootings are believed to have been a murder-suicide committed by Ronald Parra.

The bodies were discovered by the children’s mother Monday inside the family’s home in the 2000 block of Speckle Drive, just north of Basswood Boulevard.

Police said only that the shootings were believed to be an isolated incident and that they didn’t believe the public was in danger.

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