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Update: Dad shoots two children more than once in the head, kills himself

Carroll County coroner identifies dad and two children who were killed in murder-suicide.
Carroll County coroner identifies dad and two children who were killed in murder-suicide.
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Officials on Saturday have confirmed that a man killed his two children by shooting each one of them more than once in the head before killing himself in Carroll County.

The motive for the murder-suicide is still unclear, but investigators believe it has to do with the fact that the man’s wife had left him, according to the Carroll County Coroner.

The deceased were identified as Mr. Luis Garcia, 41, and his two children: Daniel J. Garcia, 12, and Kayla L. Garcia, 11, Chief Deputy Coroner Mr. Ed Baskins said Saturday.

Mr. Garcia allegedly shot each child more than once in the head before shooting himself in the head, Mr. Ed Baskins said.

Carroll County Sheriff’s deputies found the bodies Thursday night while conducting a welfare check, officials said.

Earlier that day, someone from Home Depot where Mr. Garcia worked had called the sheriff's department to say that he had not shown up for work for a couple of days.

Deputies showed up at the home at 485 Willow Lane in Temple, but no one answered when they rang the bell, Mr. Baskins said. They contacted the wife, who was out of town and had been gone for a couple of weeks.

She told them someone should be home. Deputies obtained a warrant and forced entrance into the home where they made the grisly discovery.

The bodies were found in different rooms inside the home around 5 p.m. Investigators believe they may have been dead for days.

“They have been deceased for at least two days, possibly since Monday,” Mr. Baskins said.

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