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Agents Suspect Murder-Suicide in Fort Hood Deaths

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    Army investigators suspect murder-suicide in the deaths of the husband and two children whose bodies were found in a home at Fort Hood.

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command identified the couple Thursday as 43-year-old Rouhad Ahamd Ezzeddine and his wife, 33-year-old PFC Carla Santisteban.

    Santisteban is assigned to 15th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and recently returned from overseas deployment.

    Ezzeddine and their two daughters, identified Thursday as 9-year-old Leila Rouhad Ezzeddine and 4-year-old Zeinab Rouhad Ezzedine, were found dead in their Fort Hood home Tuesday morning.

    "This is a terrible tragedy for the mother and families of these children. We are doing everything possible to care for the family in this time of profound grief and loss," said Maj. Gen. Anthony Lerardi, Fort Hood senior commander and commanding general 1st Cavalry Division.

    A statement released Wednesday said "early indications" point toward murder-suicide, though a final determination hasn't been made.  Meanwhile, Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are continuing the investigation into the deaths.

    Autopsies are being performed by the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner.