5 kids found alone on Christmas morning after parents’ ‘murder-suicide’

Five children were found alone on Christmas morning without their parents after what appears to be a murder-suicide in Texas.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office said the children, aged between 7 and 16, didn’t witness the incident and were unharmed.

The husband, identified as 45-year-old Arsenio Gonzalez and his 42-year-old wife Maria, were found on the front lawn of their property in northeast Harris County at about 1 a.m. Christmas morning.

Authorities say the husband allegedly killed his wife and then shot himself. The mother had a significant head trauma while her husband was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police are still searching for a motive.

The family had just returned from a Christmas function when the incident happened, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

Authorities said they are still investigating the circumstances surrounding what they describe as a murder-suicide.

They are interviewing relatives who were also at the Christmas function to determine if there was any potential motive.

Child Protective Services were called in to assist and place the children with other family members.

To our community members in the area of E. Mount Houston Rd & Hirsch Road. HCSO Homicide/Crime Scene Investigators are…

Posted by Ed Gonzalez on Saturday, December 25, 2021

My heart goes out to these five kids who are now without their parents. I hope they get the love and support they need from their extended family.

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