Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a mother and her two young children in Denver Wednesday as a possible murder-suicide, the El Paso Times reported.
Denver police found the bodies of Mayra Perez, 23, and daughter Nevaeh Morales, 6, and son Erick Perez, 2, inside their home Wednesday morning, and a third child, Isabel Perez, 3, was hospitalized in “extremely critical condition,” the Times said.
Perez’s parents and other family members in Canutillo, Texas, near El Paso, were grieving and trying to make sense of the tragedy which occurred after Mayra Perez and her husband, Ricky Perez, had an argument Tuesday night, the paper reported.
Mayra Perez’s oldest sister, Liliana Castro, told the Times that Mayra was born in El Paso, grew up in Canutillo and attended Canutillo High School. She was the youngest of five siblings.
Police have made no arrests and had “no reason to suspect a killer is on the loose,” police spokesman Lt. Matt Murray told the Denver Post.
“At this time, we’re not looking for any suspects,” police Cmdr. Ronald Saunier said Wednesday. “We have some questions we still need to answer. We still need to complete the investigation.”
10:37am 2/6/13 — Mom, 2 Children Killed in Denver Shooting
DENVER (AP) — Two children under 10 years old and a woman were killed, and a third child was wounded in an apparent shooting at a house in northeast Denver, police said Wednesday.
That child is in critical condition at Denver Health Medical Center.
The shooting appears to have been isolated, and there’s no indication a shooter is on the loose, police Cmdr. Ron Saunier said.
“Is there a mass killer or someone running around? At this time, we don’t believe so,” he said.
The neighborhood is in an industrial area, surrounded by warehouses and a trucking terminal, near the National Western Stock Show complex.
Neighbor Debbie Martinez said the house was recently sold.