ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A man killed a woman and two children at their east Orange County home then killed himself in what authorities are calling a tragic triple murder-suicide, according to Orange County Sheriff John Mina.
Deputies said officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection contacted them Thursday asking for assistance because they hadn’t heard from one of their employees.
As authorities investigated, they said they realized that other members of the man’s family also hadn’t been heard from in several days.
Mina said deputies went to the home on Corner Glen Drive around 3 p.m. and made the decision to enter based on that information. Once inside the home, they found the bodies of a man, his wife, a high school-aged boy and a middle school-aged boy who had been fatally shot.
Mina said authorities believe the man, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer assigned to Orlando International Airport, killed his family, then killed himself.
“It’s just a tragic situation,” Mina said.
Mina said the crime happened in a quiet neighborhood and he wasn’t aware of any prior calls to service at the home. The family members were identified Friday as Ezequiel Almodovar, 39, 38-year-old Marielis Soto, 16-year-old Ezequiel Almodovar and 12-year-old Gabriel Almodovar.