Man kills children, hangs self on Father's Day after custody dispute

  • Man kills children, hangs self on Father's Day after custody dispute

Man kills children, hangs self on Father's Day after custody dispute

Deputies with the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department responded to the home of Alvaro Camara, 40, on Monday morning for a welfare check. Mom pens heartbreaking letter after dad in Santa Rosa allegedly kills 2 kids, himselfIn an emailed statement the children's mother writes, "They are my precious innocent children that were beyond loved". Sheriff's deputies eventually entered the home and found the three dead. Police believe Camara killed them before taking his own life. It was not immediately clear how the children died.

Neighbors tell KRON that Camara had only lived there for a few months, but the arguments between him and his wife were intense on several occasions. Santa Rosa police say they have records of calls beginning in April from both the husband and wife, all centered around custody disputes. But neighbors say Camara did appear to be on edge in recent days.

A Santa Rosa police lieutenant said a father who killed his two young children before hanging himself in his Slater Street home had custody of the children on Father's Day Sunday and was to return them to their mother that evening. 'A lovely little girl and a sweet little boy, ' said neighbor Julia Poncia.

She called the sheriff's office and deputies looked in windows, knocked on doors and left a business card at the door, Crum said. "He was great, he'd have the kids visit, and ride bikes, and he'd take them to the park, and so I don't know".

'Our preliminary investigation shows they did have a volatile arrangement following their separation, ' Cregan said, 'and there have been heated verbal exchanges that we're aware of'. Buchholz said she never saw Camara mistreat his children. The couple was going through a custody dispute at the time.

The father was also found in the bedroom, and investigators say he committed suicide by hanging himself.

"They're really super sweet kids and he seemed like a really good father", neighbor Carrie Buchholz told the news station.

"We're still going to be exploring the timeline to determine when the children were last seen and when this tragedy occurred".