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.
During the child custody investigation, deputies made multiple attempts to contact the father and check the welfare of the two children. Police eventually entered the residence and found the father hanging in a bedroom with the two children deceased nearby.
Santa Rosa Police Lt. John Cregan told KTVU, “Our preliminary investigation shows they did have a volatile arrangement following their separation and there have been heated verbal exchanges that we’re aware of.”
Medical examiners are still trying to determine exactly how Juliana and Julian died.
“They’re really super sweet kids and he seemed like a really good father,” neighbor Carrie Buchholz told ABC7. “He was always playing with them, riding his bike out here with them.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Santa Rosa Police Department Violent Crime Investigation Team Sergeant Josh Ludtke at 707-543-3695.