A California man embroiled in a custody battle with his estranged wife murdered his two young children on Father’s Day before hanging himself.
According to a press release from the Santa Rosa Police Department, police were originally investigating a custody dispute involving 40-year-old Alvaro Camara a his wife regarding their two children: 6-year-old Juliana and 18-month-old Julian.
Now, the mother of the two children is speaking out, claiming that she warned authorities her children were in danger with Camara.
She wrote the following statement, obtained by KTVU:
Community of Sonoma County,
I sit here at 7:06am on Tuesday June 20, 2017 swaddled in my daughter’s blanket and drinking tea from a cup that reads “I love you mom”, fighting back the tears and struggling to make sense of this horrific situation. As I hear updates and stories coming out in regards to my children’s identity and pictures of them without my knowledge I am visibly distraught and upset. They are my precious innocent children that were beyond loved by their family, friends and community. I know I am not the only person that is or has gone through this horrific unimaginable situation, so please help me spread stories like this to raise awareness that is much needed to help prevent anything like this happening to another family. I sought help on numerous occasions and said many many many times my children were in danger in their fathers care and I didn’t receive the urgent help I needed to save them.
- A mother no longer able to hold her children.
Lt. Mike Lazzarini of the Santa Rosa Police Dept admitted that the mother, Connie Camara, called authorities five times over two and a half days, worried about her kids in the father’s care. On Saturday night, the father was calling and texting her in anger, accusing her of having an affair.
"There was no indication that he was a danger to himself or the children or anybody," Lazzarini said.
According to PEOPLE, the couple was together for about eight years before filing for divorce a few months ago. They had heated arguments over the custody of the children.
Alvaro Camara’s sister, Jessica Espada, told KRON, “I just wish he would have [sought] some help or just came to us or something.”