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Florida father shot dead his son, 13, and daughter, 10, before killing himself 

A Florida father killed his two children before committing suicide and burning a bedroom in his home, say police.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Department said in a Saturday press release that they were called to a residence on the 9400 block of Dunkirk Road in Spring Hill after getting a call from a woman who said she received suicidal texts from someone living inside the home. 

At the scene, deputies found 41-year-old Derick Albert Vasquez and his children – 10-year-old Kailani Vasquez and 13-year-old Kaedan Vasquez – dead and a bedroom ablaze.    

Kailani Vasquez

Kaeden Vasquez

At the scene, police found 41-year-old Derick Albert Vasquez and his children – 10-year-old Kailani Vasquez and 13-year-old Kaedan Vasquez – dead and a bedroom ablaze

The Hernando County Sheriff's Department said in a Saturday press release that they were called to a residence on the 9400 block of Dunkirk Road in Spring Hill after getting a call from a woman who said she received suicidal texts from someone living inside the home

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Department said in a Saturday press release that they were called to a residence on the 9400 block of Dunkirk Road in Spring Hill after getting a call from a woman who said she received suicidal texts from someone living inside the home

The woman, believed to be the children’s mother, had been out of town when she had received the text. She rushed back to the home and and saw at least one dead person inside the home before calling authorities.

Deputies and the Hernando County Fire Rescue found all three family members inside the home.

The Medical Examiner’s Office and the Fire Mashal’s Office responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation. 

Records indicate that authorities were called to the scene on a previous occasion, on March 22, for a verbal disturbance.

Deputies and the Hernando County Fire Rescue found all three family members inside the home

Deputies and the Hernando County Fire Rescue found all three family members inside the home

During a Friday press conference, Sheriff Al Nienhuis shared that there were ‘some domestic violence type overtones’ and that there were ‘issues’ but asserted that the department was still in the preliminary stages of its investigation.

Nancy MacAlpine, the man’s next door neighbor, told the Tampa Bay Times that she had come home to find the woman screaming outside of the home. 

She said that she could hear the woman yelling: ‘He shot my kids.’ 

Hernando School district shared in a tribute visual that the two children attended  J.D. Floyd Elementary and Powell Middle School.     

Hernando School district shared in a tribute visual that the two children attended J.D. Floyd Elementary and Powell Middle School

Hernando School district shared in a tribute visual that the two children attended J.D. Floyd Elementary and Powell Middle School

A GoFundMe has been made for the mother of the children, who is currently unemployed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. 

It has raised more than $13,000 after initially seeking $10,000. 

Call the toll-free 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) .

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