Autopsy results indicate the mother of three children killed them and her husband before committing suicide in her Navarro County home, officials said Tuesday.
Five people, including three children, were found dead from an apparent murder-suicide inside a house near Rice on Sunday.
"I cannot recall during my career where the mother was the shooter of her own children," said Sheriff Elmer Tanner at a Tuesday press conference.
"It surprised me when I heard it. Because I automatically like everyone else thought it was the father. So I have a thousand questions now," said Letisha Turner who's daughter went to school the murder victims.
A Spanish-speaking male placed a 911 call about 7 p.m. Sunday, telling dispatchers that several members of his family were dead inside the home.
Deputies and emergency medical workers rushed to the residence on NW County Road 0149 only to find the bodies of Isreal Alvarez, his wife Guadeloupe and their three children ages 10, 8 and 4 years old.
Investigators also found a semi-automatic rifle in the house.
Elmer said the four people murdered had gunshot wounds to their upper torsos. The mother had a single gunshot wound to her head.
Autopsy results indicate the time of death was sometime late Thursday or Friday.
Tanner said officers have been to the home in the past for trash dumping complaints, children calling 911 and hanging up and a domestic violence incident on Sept. 11.
In that case 33-year-old Alvarez was arrested after he allegedly pushed his wife. He was charged with family violence assault and released from jail two days later.
The children reportedly attended Rice Elementary School and were last seen there on Thursday. Counselors will be on hand at the school.
Rice is about 44 miles southeast of Dallas.
A vigil held Tuesday night brought together people to remember the family. Most of them were people who knew the children. "They were happy. It didn't seem like there was anything wrong at home," said family friend Megan Ziegenhagen. "I just want to tell them that they are special and we still remember them," she said.
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