Manuel Alvarez, Israel Alvarez's father, says he never witnessed any violence between his son and his wife Guadalupe Ronquillo Ovalle, who went by Lupe.
The shooting shocked the quiet, rural community of Rice, and had everyone asking why. Relatives also started recalling her recent irrational, jealous behavior.
"We talked to her brother over that, my dad and I. You may want to take her to a doctor and see what the doctor says," said Israel's brother, Daniel Alvarez, speaking about Ronquillo Ovalle.
Tuesday Navarro County investigator revealed it was 33 year old Ronquillo Ovalle who shot and killed her family then turned the gun on herself
Manuel Alvarez, Israel's father, discovered the bodies Sunday and called 911. He says he'd been checking on his son regularly since Israel was arrested September 11 for family violence.
"He had never been in jail before," said Manuel Alvarez.
Israel's family says Ronquillo Ovalle suspected Israel was cheating. She told sheriff's deputies he shoved her, but his family says there are two sides to every story.
Manuel says Israel pleaded no contest to the family violence charge, not because he was guilty but because he was worried about his immigration status and it's what he was advised to do.
"I told him never to get in trouble if he wanted that process to be completed," said Manuel Alvarez.
Relatives say Israel built the country home where he lived with his family with his own two hands. They say he wanted to raise his boys somewhere quiet and safe.
Now his family is consumed by grief and the horror that unfolded in that house. The only thing left to save – they say - is Israel's reputation.
"We just want his memory to be clean. He wasn't the person that they make him to be," said Daniel Alvarez.
A day after autopsies confirmed a Navarro County mother shot and killed her three sons and her husband, his family is breaking their silence about what led up to the killing.
The Navarro County Sheriff says Ronquillo Ovalle did not leave a note so it may never be known why she did what she's accused of.
Relatives say the family will have services over the next several days and be buried together.
A fundraising account has been set up at Bank of America under the name Daniel Alvaraz.
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