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Ezequiel Almodovar, 39, who worked with the custom and border protection gunned down his family, his wife and two sons before taking his own life.
Deputies called in to the family home in Bithlo, east of Orlando, Florida at 3pm on Thursday after Almodovar didn’t show up to work.
The Orange County Sheriffs Office says the older Almodovar, who worked as an officer for Customs and Border Protection at the airport, killed his wife and children in their house in East Orange County.
The four family members hadn’t been since last week so officers decided to perform a welfare check. When they entered they saw Almodovar and his wife shot dead, along with their sons Ezequiel ‘Zeke’ Almodovar, 16, and Gabriel Almodovar, 12.
It is not yet known why Almodovar could have gunned down his loved ones.
Marie Harris lives next door, and her nephew was friends with Gabriel. “I cried. I cried because I was like, what happened? Why did it happen to the children?” she said.
Neighbors had no way to explain it.
“Absolute shock. Absolute shock. Because it literally would have been the last group of people around here in my mind that this would happen to,” Michelle McCracken said.
People who live close to them said they didn’t hear anything suspicious.
“They did seem like very happy with each other, very happy with the kids. Like I said, the kids were such good kids,” McCracken said.
Customs and Border Protection sent a statement, saying it is “saddened to learn of the deaths of one of our officers, who before taking his own life, took the lives of his wife and two children. We are devastated by this tragic loss and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected.”