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Sheriff: Parents, 3 kids found dead in North Texas

By Nomaan Merchant

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Sept. 23 2013 11:16 a.m. MDT

Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner speaks to the media about the discovery of five people dead Sunday in their North Texas home, at a press conference in Corsicana, Texas, on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013.

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press

CORSICANA, Texas — A grandfather discovered the lifeless bodies of his three grandchildren, his son and daughter-in-law at their home in North Texas.

Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner said Monday that the victims were shot and the deaths are being investigated as murder-suicide.

Tanner says the man discovered the bodies of Israel Alvarez and Guadalupe Ronquillo-Ovalle with their children on Sunday night. A rifle was recovered from the home near Rice, 40 miles southeast of Dallas.

The children were aged 10, 8 and 4, and their parents were both 33-years-old.

Records show Alvarez was arrested Sept. 11 on a misdemeanor family violence charge. He was accused of shoving his wife and taking her phone because he thought she talked to another man. Alvarez pleaded no contest, paid a $367 fine and was freed.

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