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A Texas man left behind a short message of remorse after allegedly killing his wife, his teen stepdaughter, and the family’s two dogs before taking his own life.
“I’m sorry,” James Olivares wrote on Facebook just minutes before police arrived at the family’s Irving home, according to PEOPLE.
Police said Olivares, 45, killed his 45-year-old wife, Brandy Evett Olivares, and his 18-year-old stepdaughter, Sicilian Italease Ire Williams, Tuesday morning shortly after authorities received a distressed 911 call from one of the women in the house.
Irving Police Media Relations Officer Robert Reeves said in a press conference that the woman called 911 at 11:17 a.m., pretending to be talking to her brother in a call lasting just about 30 seconds.
“It was very quick and then the phone call was dropped. Our dispatchers continued to try to call the phone number back but the phone never answered,” Reeves said.
He explained the woman was “trying to talk to us without the suspect knowing that she was on the phone with the police” and spoke in a very low volume. The dispatcher wasn’t “necessarily picking up on that conversation;” however, the dispatcher quickly sent authorities to the home to investigate.
Reeves said officers arrived just minutes later at 11:22 a.m.
When an officer knocked on the door, the officers could hear a man say “call the negotiators” and then heard a single gunshot.
After they were unable to make any further contact with James Olivares, police used a explosive charge on the front door to gain entry into the house. A SWAT team went inside and found Brandy Olivares, Sicilian Italease Ire Williams, and James Olivares, who was a military veteran, dead inside the home along with the family’s two dogs.
"The suspect placed both victims and the two dogs on the master bedroom, and then committed suicide falling on top of them," Reeves told Oxygen.com.
Authorities are now trying to determine the motive in the slayings and have ruled out "any type of depression or PTSD" as the motive.
“The investigators are going through several different possibilities and trying to figure out what exactly the motive was,” Reeves said, adding that investigators were also trying to piece together a timeline of events leading up to the murders.
Police also confirmed that the message on Facebook had come from James' account.
The killings occurred during Domestic Violence Awareness month. Reeves encouraged anyone who may be in a violent relationship to get the help they need.
“It becomes very violent, very quickly. That’s why if someone is involved in a relationship that is violent, domestic violence, whether it's verbal or it’s already progressed to physical violence, you need to get that assistance, you need to try to talk to someone,” he said.
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