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Mom Kills Husband, 2 Sons Before Fatally Shooting Herself While On Vacation At Texas Resort

Her sons were only 5 and 10 years old.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A Texas woman is suspected of killing her entire family — and then herself — at a luxury spa and resort. According to Click 2 Houston, several gunshots were heard coming from the San Luis Resort in Galveston, Texas, around 4:30 AM on Monday. In a room at the resort, Flor De Maria Pineda Canas, 37, was found wounded, as was her 10-year-old son. Her husband, 39-year-old Mauricio Canas (seen below), and her 5-year-old son were found dead.

Originally, authorities heard moaning coming from the room. They forced their way in and found the family members. The wounded were taken to the hospital, where they later died.

Authorities shared an official statement explaining that they believe the mother was the shooter. They do not have a motive at this point. 

Detectives with the Major Crimes Division have been able to confirm that this family arrived at the San Luis Resort and checked in around 7 p.m. last night (Sunday)," shared Capt. Joshua Schirard of the Galveston Police Department. "The motive is unknown at this time, but forensic data collected at the scene indicates that the female is believed to be the shooter at this time, and is believed to have killed her two children and her husband before apparently taking her own life with a 9mm handgun found adjacent to her body.”

Neighbors of the family were shocked by the news. 

“Just a loving family,” said Shirley Davis of the family. “You wouldn't think of anything happening. Nothing strange about that family.”

The two boys were in kindergarten and fifth grade at Victoria Walker Elementary. A spokeswoman from the school district shared her condolences.

“The tragic circumstances surrounding these students’ deaths are almost too much to bear. A student death can have a ripple effect on a school community and, because of this and out of concern for the students’ classmates and the campus faculty, we will have additional counseling services at the school," said Beth Dombrowa of Goose Creek Independent School District. "We are grieving for the loss of young life and its infinite possibilities and we pray for the family, friends and students most affected by this tragedy."

The company that owns the resort shared that it is cooperating with authorities on the investigation.

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