A Texas mother who allegedly shot her three children to death before turning the gun on herself had just become single again after finalizing her divorce from her husband only days before.
The bodies of Ashley Auzenne, 39, Parrish Auzenne, 11, Eleanor Auzenne, 9, and Lincoln Auzenne, 7, were found lying lifeless on the floor inside of the family’s New Orleans Street home in Deer Park, Texas at around 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, October 29 following a wellness check prompted by a call from a concerned relative.
Deer Park Police confirmed in a tweet on Thursday that they believe the deaths to be result of a murder-suicide at the hands of Ashley, their mother.
“After conclusion of our initial investigation and the totality of evidence from the scene, the Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled these deaths as a Murder/Suicide with the mother as the suspect,” it reads.
A gun was found inside the home, according to Dallas television station KTRK.
The sudden loss of life had come after Ashley and her husband, Murvin Auzenne Jr., had completed their divorce on Oct. 22, according to court records reviewed by Oxygen.com.
The mediated settlement agreement filed in Harris County District Court offers details into how the family was going to co-parent, which cars they would drive, and how they would deal with finances.
Both parents were also supposed to refrain from any disparaging remarks about each other, especially in front of their kids.
As a result of the divorce, Ashley would return to her maiden name of “Ashley Green," receive $1,400 in spousal support starting on Nov. 1, and have some of her bills paid through April of next year.
The mother was going to stay in the family home after agreeing to a “month-to-month” lease with her ex-husband who maintained the mortgage, the papers say.
The couple planned to share custody of the children.
Murvin was to be granted three weekends a month with the children as well as a two-hour dinner time slot on Wednesdays.
Oxygen.com’s attempts to reach family members were not immediately returned.
The surviving father has apparently been getting critical support from his extended family in the wake of the devastation.
"The family has all rallied around my son, Murvin," Murvin Auzenne, Sr. told KTRK. "Our focus is only on one thing: helping through this difficult time."
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