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Fort Worth Mother Found Bodies of Husband, Sister, 2 Children: Relative

Man police say killed his two children and sister-in-law worked for CPS, training as an investigator

A mother going home to eat lunch with her children found the bodies of her sister, husband and two children inside their home in North Fort Worth Monday, according to a family member and city and law enforcement officials.

It happened in a quiet neighborhood the 2000 block of Speckle Drive near Interstate 35 and Basswood Drive. According to the relative, the mother had gone home to have lunch with her children and had no idea of the horror she would find inside.

Her sister had been watching her two children and the father was supposed to be working, the family member said.

The deceased were publicly identified Wednesday by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office as 32-year-old Ronald Parra, the father of the children killed in the attack, 4-year-old Alyssa Parra and 23-month-old Michael Parra, and his sister-in-law, 45-year-old Melinda Mercado.

According to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office, Ronald shot each of his victims in the head, sometimes multiple times, before turning the gun on himself.

So far, neither police or family members have been able to determine a motive for the violence. A family member told NBC 5 that Parra's wife didn’t know her husband even had a gun in the house.

“We don’t have a clue,” the relative said about a possible motive. “They were a loving family.”

Ronald previously worked in medical sales, according to family members, though NBC 5 confirmed Wednesday that he had recently changed jobs and was training with Child Protective Services to be an investigator.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced by the family.

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