A Mesquite father is suspected of killing his two teenage daughters before ending his own life Tuesday.
Mesquite police said officers were called to a shooting at a home on the 1300 block of Bradford Place shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. When officers arrived, they reported finding a deceased man on the floor with an apparent gunshot wound to his head.
Officers continued to search the home and found the bodies of two young women, ages 16 and 17, who appeared to have been shot multiple times.
Investigators confirmed the man, identified by police as 63-year-old Raymond Haydel, of Mesquite, was the father of both girls and suspect that he killed them both before turning the gun on himself.
The Forney Independent School District released a statement Wednesday morning acknowledging the loss of two students, Natasha and Alexa Haydel.
"Today, we learned of the tragic loss of two of our Forney High School students, and our hearts are broken. We extend condolences to Natasha and Alexa Haydel’s family and to our Forney family." - Forney ISD
The Forney High School band shared a photo of the girls on Facebook, acknowledging them as members and saying they were talented musicians and wonderful people. The photo was apparently taken to celebrate Natasha's June 1 graduation.
A GoFundMe page established on behalf of the family has been established to help cover expenses. Supporters met the original goal set by the organizer -- so that goal was raised to $25,000.
"Natasha and Alexa Haydel were taken from this world too soon … we would like to raise funds to assist their family with funeral expenses," said Shannon Hardin, the fund's organizer.
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A motive for the double murder-suicide has not been revealed.