3 children, 2 adults found dead in apparent murder/suicide near Dallas

NAVARRO COUNTY — Three children and two adults were found dead in their Navarro County home Sunday evening, the sheriff's office reported.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner identified the dead as 33-year-old Israel Alvarez and his wife 33-year-old Guadalupe Ronquillo-Ovalle. Their three sons—ages 4, 8 and 10—were also identified among the  deceased. All five had gunshot wounds to their upper torsos and authorities said they are investigating the case as a murder-suicide.

"Based on the evidence we have seen there at the residence and ... where the evidence is located in comparison to the bodies ... we're working this case as a murder-suicide," Tanner said.

"We're not confirming at this point and time who we believe to be the alleged shooter in this incident," he said.

The sheriff said a .22 caliber semi-automatic long rifle was found at the scene.

Authorities received a previous 911 call to the residence on Sept. 11. According to Tanner, Alvarez's wife said her husband shoved her during an altercation. She sustained no injuries.

"Mr. Alvarez was arrested for Class C family violence and brought to the Navarro County Justice Center," the sheriff said.

Two days after his arrest, Alvarez was released after paying fines.

In a statement posted on the department's Facebook page, Tanner said dispatchers received a 911 call from Alvarez's father at about 7 p.m. The caller said five members of his family were dead in the home in the 700 block of NW 0149 near Rice.

Tanner said while he could not confirm the time or date of their deaths, he said the last confirmed day someone visited with one of the family members was Thursday afternoon. The children were also at school that day but not Friday.

Rice is about 40 miles southeast of Dallas.


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