CORSICANA (AP) — A mother fatally shot her husband and three sons in their North Texas home before killing herself with a single shot to the head, the county sheriff announced Tuesday.
Investigators were still trying to determine why 33-year-old Guadalupe Ronquillo-Ovalle killed her family late Thursday or early Friday in Rice, 40 miles southeast of Dallas.
Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner said the bodies of Ronquillo-Ovalle, her husband Israel Alvarez, 33, and their sons, ages 4, 8 and 10, were discovered by Alvarez's father. Alvarez and his sons had all been shot in the upper torso. Tanner said there was no indication that Alvarez fired any shots.
The killings came less than two weeks after Alvarez was charged with family violence.
Tanner said investigators could not determine much from his arrest "other than that was an isolated incident involving family violence."
"We can only assume that there were problems in the household," Tanner said at a news conference.
Alvarez was arrested Sept. 11 on a misdemeanor family violence charge. According to a sheriff's office report released Monday, Ronquillo-Ovalle went to her children's elementary school to call 911 because Alvarez took away her cellphone and removed the battery. She told a deputy that she was on the phone talking to her sister when Alvarez entered the room and pushed her.
Alvarez was charged with family violence assault, a misdemeanor. He pleaded no contest, paid a $367 fine and was released after spending two days in jail, records show.
No divorce filings or requests for a restraining order were filed, and Ronquillo-Ovalle did not ask for a protective order, according to records.