Five children were found alone in a Texas home on Christmas morning after their father allegedly killed his wife and then shot himself dead, authorities said.
The children, from 7 to 16 years old, were discovered inside a trailer home in Houston at about 1 a.m., according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Their parents — Arsenio Gonzalez, 45, and Maria Gonzalez, 42 — were found dead on the front lawn.
The mother had suffered a significant head trauma, while her husband was found with what authorities described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Investigators said the family had just returned from a Christmas function when the assault and shooting unfolded.
Authorities said they are still investigating the circumstances surrounding what they describe as a murder-suicide.
They are interviewing relatives who were also at the Christmas function to determine if there was any potential motive.
None of the children found inside the home actually witnessed the tragic murder-suicide, according to authorities.
Child Protective Services were called in to assist and place the children with other family members.