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Preliminary autopsy results reveal mother as suspect in Navarro family murder-suicide

NAVARRO CO., September 24, 2013— Five members of a Navarro County family are dead as the result of an apparent murder-suicide.

On Sunday, at approximately 7:00 p.m., Navarro Sheriff’s Deputies received a 9-1-1 call from a Hispanic male who reported that five members of his family were deceased inside a residence which was located on NWCR 0149, just outside of Rice.

Deputies arrived on the scene and found the bodies of two adults, later identified as 33 year-old Israel Alvarez and his wife 33 year-old Guadalupe Ronquillo-Ovalle, and the bodies of their three sons – ages 10, 8, and 4. All five had gunshot wounds to the torso area, and the Sheriff later confirmed a .22 caliber semi-automatic long rifle was found at the scene.

The call to 9-1-1 was made by the father of Alvaraz who had discovered the bodies when he went to the residence to check on the family after repeated attempts at contact had been unsuccessful and the children did not attend school on Friday.

According to Sheriff Elmer Tanner, the case was is being investigated as a murder-suicide, although the suspected shooter was not immediately identified.

However, according to officials, preliminary autopsy results have indicated the gunshot sustained by Ronquillo-Ovalle was self-inflicted, indicating the mother killed her husband and children, and then turned the gun on herself.

Autopsy results indicate the time of death was late Thursday or early Friday.

Alvarez had been recently jailed, following an incident which took place on September 11, in which he allegedly pushed his wife. He was charged with Assault – Family Violence, and released from jail after two days.

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