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Florida’s father shot his son, 13 and daughter, 10 dead before committing suicide

Florida father shot his son, 13 and daughter, 10 dead before committing suicide and setting fire to their house

  • Delegates were called up to stay at Spring Hill’s 9400 block of Dunkirk Road after receiving a call from a woman who said she received suicidal texts
  • On the spot, police found 41-year-old Derick Albert Vasquez and his children – 10-year-old Kailani Vasquez and 13-year-old Kaedan Vasquez – dead
  • The woman, presumably the mother of the children, had left town when she received the text
  • She rushed back to the house and saw at least one dead person in the house before calling the authorities
  • At a news conference on Friday, Sheriff Al Nienhuis said there was “some form of domestic violence” and “problems”
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s free 24-hour hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)

A Florida father murdered his two children before committing suicide and burning a bedroom in his house, which authorities say is “some form of domestic violence.”

Hernando County Sheriff’s Department said in a Saturday press release that they were called to a home in the 9400 block of Dunkirk Road in Spring Hill after they received a call from a woman who said she had received suicide texts from someone who lived in the house.

On the spot, delegates found 41-year-old Derick Albert Vasquez and his children – 10-year-old Kailani Vasquez and 13-year-old Kaedan Vasquez – dead and a bedroom on fire.

Hernando County Sheriff's Department said in a press release on Saturday that they were called to a home in the 9400 block of Dunkirk Road in Spring Hill after they received a call from a woman who said she received suicidal texts from someone who lived in the house

Hernando County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release on Saturday that they were called to a home in the 9400 block of Dunkirk Road in Spring Hill after they received a call from a woman who said she received suicidal texts from someone who lived in the house

Kailani Vasquez

Kailani Vasquez

Kaeden Vasquez

Kaeden Vasquez

On the spot, police found 41-year-old Derick Albert Vasquez and his children – 10-year-old Kailani Vasquez and 13-year-old Kaedan Vasquez – dead and a bedroom on fire

The woman, presumably the mother of the children, had left town when she received the text. She rushed back to the house and saw at least one dead person in the house before calling the authorities.

Delegates and the Hernando County Fire Department found all three family members at home.

The medical examiner’s office and the Fire Mashal’s office responded to the scene and assisted in the investigation.

Records indicate that the authorities were previously called on the scene for a verbal disturbance on March 22.

Delegates and the Hernando County Fire Department found all three family members at home

Delegates and the Hernando County Fire Department found all three family members at home

Delegates and the Hernando County Fire Department found all three family members at home

At a news conference on Friday, Sheriff Al Nienhuis shared that there were “some overtones of the type of domestic violence” and that there were “problems,” but alleged that the department was still in the preparatory stages of its investigation.

Nancy MacAlpine, the man’s neighbor, told the story Tampa Bay Times that she had come home to see the woman screaming outside the house.

She said she could hear the woman screaming, “He shot my kids.”

Hernando School district shared in a tribute that the two children attended the J.D. Floyd Elementary and Powell Middle School attended.

Hernando School district shared in a tribute that the two children attended the J.D. Floyd Elementary and Powell Middle School attended

Hernando School district shared in a tribute that the two children attended the J.D. Floyd Elementary and Powell Middle School attended

Hernando School district shared in a tribute that the two children attended the J.D. Floyd Elementary and Powell Middle School attended

A GoFundMe was created for the mother of the children, who is currently unemployed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It raised over $ 13,000 after initially seeking $ 10,000.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s toll-free 24-hour hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889).

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