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Motive For Murder-Suicide That Left 5 Dead Proves Elusive

DALLAS (October 17, 2013)---Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner says the search for a motive for a shooting in which a Texas woman killed her husband and three children and then herself has yet to produce definitive answers.

Tanner said Thursday he’s awaiting the results of tests on DNA evidence collected at the home where the shootings occurred.

In late September, Guadalupe Ronquillo-Ovalle, 33, shot her husband Israel Alvarez, and their three sons, ages 4, 8 and 10, before shooting herself in the head, the Navarro County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

A grandfather discovered the bodies of his three grandchildren, his son and daughter-in-law at the family’s home in Rice.

Authorities recovered a rifle at the scene.

Tanner said he’s working to separate the gunman's possible motive from "just a whisper in the wind."

He said investigators have interviewed people the effort to determine why Ronquillo-Ovalle shot her family, but he had nothing definitive to say publicly Thursday.

He said he hopes to be able to separate fact from rumor.

The killings came less than two weeks after the father was charged with family violence.

Records show Alvarez was arrested on Sept. 11 on a misdemeanor family violence charge after he was accused of shoving his wife and taking her phone because he thought she talked to another man.

Alvarez pleaded no contest, paid a $367 fine and was released.


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