A family of five was found dead inside their home in rural Texas, and the incident is being investigated as a murder-suicide, officials said Monday.
Authorities said the bodies of Israel Alvarez, his wife Guadalupe Ronquillo-Ovalle and their three sons, ages 10, 8 and 4 were found Sunday evening in their home outside Rice, Texas, about 40 miles southeast of Dallas.
A .22-caliber semiautomatic long rifle was found at the scene, Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner said at a news conference Monday morning.
“We are working this case as murder-suicide,” Tanner said. “The evidence at the location supports a murder-suicide scene.”
“It’s a traumatic situation,” Tanner said. “We will take the time to remember those victims and those families this morning. A lot of people have been touched by this unfortunate incident.”