Thanks to reader-researcher RC.
It looks like the man killed the woman and their three sons, 4,8,10, before shooting himself on Thursday or early Friday. She’d had him arrested for “shoving” her on September 11. He spent two days in jail, pleaded guilty to “Class C family violence” and paid a $367 fine. Six days later, he got even.
As The Boss said when I read her this story, if shoving is enough to get you jailed, every man and woman in a relationship this country will be going in and out of jail. In the past, police didn’t arrest a man for this garbage; I smell feminists at work. (And beyond the feminist angle, Texas justice has gotten extremely pc.)
Since the killer was likely an “immigrant,” this would also be a case of Immigrant Mass Murder Syndrome. (The news report said nothing of the couple’s citizenship status.)
Authorities investigate deaths of five in Navarro County as murder-suicide
By Marjorie Owens
Posted on September 22, 2013 at 10:11 P.M.
Updated yesterday at 5:39 P.M.
NAVARRO COUNTY — Three children and two adults were found dead inside their home Sunday evening in Navarro County, 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've 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," 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.
Alvarez pleaded guilty, paid a $367 fine and was released two days after the arrest.
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 also attended Rice Elementary School that day but not Friday.
"A homicide by itself is traumatic," Tanner said. "But when you involve children of ages 10, 8 and 4, most of our officers, first responders, they all have children and that is a bad situation for anybody to be asked to go in and investigate. With that being said, I feel like I need to say this: we need to remember. I know that we will take the time to remember those victims and their families this morning. Our prayers need to go out to them and be with them because there are a lot of people who have been touched by this unfortunate incident."
The official causes of deaths are pending results from examinations by American Forensics in Dallas.
Rice is about 40 miles southeast of Dallas.
WFAA.com's Walt Zwirko contributed to this report
Apparently, the first reader—at least WFAA still permits comments!—to comment was self-appointed thread Nazi Donna Arthur, who wrote,
Donna Arthur • University of North TexasI responded,
Please remember these are real people who died, a whole family. Have some respect for lives lost and stop looking for someone to hate. Even if as it seems one of the dead killed the rest, those children and the other adult did not deserve this. Violence and tragedy in a family can happen anywhere and regardless of race, income or status.
Thread Nazi Donna Arthur,
I can see that there’s some sort of pc attitude that you’re trying to impose on the other readers, but I can’t grasp the specifics. Or is that the point: That we should turn off our brains, and be satisfied with Donna Arthur-approved clichés like,
‘It was such a senseless killing,’ and
‘The dead were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.’
To forbid people from hating evildoers is itself evil. When people don’t hate those who are evil, they will then hate the virtuous. People have a need to hate; the moral question is whether they will hate the right people or the wrong people. You clearly want them to hate the wrong people.
To shut off one’s reason is less than human.
What do we know? The parents were likely immigrants. Unless you’re rich, being an immigrant is typically very stressful. On top of that, the mother had had the husband arrested seven or eight days earlier, at which point he had to endure the humiliation of being handcuffed in front of his sons, spending two days in jail, and paying a fine that probably would have been substantial for him. All because he “shoved” her?
And what about the cops? Arresting a man for “shoving” the mother of his children? She probably shoved him plenty of times. This smells like there were feminists in the background, who got police practices changed.
Your claim that “Violence and tragedy in a family can happen anywhere and regardless of race, income or status” is vacuous and irrelevant. If you are saying that all races and classes are equally hit by such violence, you’re a liar. If that’s not what you’re saying, then you’re saying nothing.
Those poor boys. They had a wicked mother, an evil father, and assorted meddlers. And now they’re dead.