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Seven members of one family have been found dead inside their Minnesota home in a mysterious manner just days before Christmas, leaving their family in pain and shock.
The family was discovered on Saturday evening by other relatives conducting a welfare check, the Moorhead Police Department stated in a press release.
“There are no signs of violence or forced entry,” police stated. “The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Crime Scene Team has been contacted for assistance in processing the scene. At this time, there is no known threat to the public.”
On Monday, police identified the victims as Belin Hernandez, 37; Marleny Pinto, 34; Breylin Hernandez, 16; Mike Hernandez, 7; Marbely Hernandez, 5; Eldor Hernandez Castillo, 32; and Mariela Guzman Pinto, 19.
The cause of their deaths remains a mystery.
“The preliminary autopsy has ruled out any obvious trauma as the cause of death; however, the blood samples from the victims have been transported to a lab for further investigatory examination, and we do not have any timeline on those results,” police stated.
All the victims lived at the home.
Pastor Eric Bravo Mejia told KVLY that he was among the group, along with several church members, to find the family dead.
“I went to the floor above and I entered into the room and all the family was together,” he said in Spanish. “They were there, dead. And I went to another room and there was the niece dead. And the uncle. Also dead. All dead. It was an impact that at this moment I can’t even understand. It’s something you can’t even explain, the impact it has, seeing them all there.”
Monday would have been the 17th wedding anniversary of Belin Hernandez and Marleny Pinto, the parents of Marbely, Mike, and Breylin Hernandez.
“They always tried to be very united together,” Mejia told KVLY. “My heart hurts because I love them so much. It’s so painful for me. They were a family. A family well loved.”
Wilfredo Pinto, Marleny’s brother, told the outlet that his sibling was “very kind.”
His wife, Nolvia Riveria, told KVLY that the holidays have compounded the loss.
“On Wednesday I was wrapping all of the gifts for all of the kids,” she said while getting emotional.
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