A married mother of two, originating from Baytown, Texas, has apparently shot her husband and two children at the luxurious San Luis Resort in Galveston before taking her own life, according to police.
The Galveston police department confirmed the case, saying that they at first received a phone call from the resort reception at around 4.30 am in the morning with someone claiming they had heard gunshots.
Arriving in front of the door of the luxury suite, police say they heard a faint moaning and broke down the door when no one responded.
Inside they found the lifeless bodies of 39-year-old Mauricio Canas and a 5-year-old boy. The other son of the family, a 10-year-old boy, as well as 37-year-old Flor De Maria Pineda Canas, were both found critically wounded but still alive. However, their wounds were so life-threatening that an emergency drive to the hospital came too late and they both died shortly after arriving in medical care.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">TX Mother Who Killed Husband, Child At Galveston Resort Identified<br><br>Baytown mother, Flor De Maria Pineda Canas, killed husband and two children Monday before she shot herself in a room at the San Luis Resort in Galveston, according to cops<br><br>STORY: <a href="https://t.co/OiAFJrdBxy">https://t.co/OiAFJrdBxy</a> <a href="https://t.co/VSuQgbzN06">pic.twitter.com/VSuQgbzN06</a></p>— Count - TheCount.com (@THECOUNTnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/THECOUNTnews/status/950553857934860288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 9, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Captain Joshua Schirard of the Galveston Police Department confirmed the tragic events: “Detectives with the Major Crimes Division have been able to confirm that this family arrived at the San Luis Resort and checked in around 7 p.m. last night Sunday.”
“The motive is unknown at this time, but forensic data collected at the scene indicates that the female is believed to be the shooter at this time, and is believed to have killed her two children and her husband before apparently taking her own life with a 9mm handgun found adjacent to her body.”
Neighbors of the couple are stunned at what happened, with next-door Shirley Davis declaring: “Just a loving family.”
“You wouldn't think of anything happening. Nothing strange about that family.”
“I don't see it. Anything is possible, but my God, I don't see it.”
Investigators are still trying to determine what could have led up to the murder-suicide but so far are in the dark for any possible clues.