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Ft. Hood killings probably murder-suicide, Army says

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HOUSTON — A man and his two young daughters found dead on a Texas Army base this week probably died in a murder-suicide, investigators said Wednesday.

The bodies of a 43-year-old man and his two daughters, ages 9 and 4, were found about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at their house in the Pershing Park neighborhood of Ft. Hood, a sprawling U.S. Army base about 70 miles north of Austin, according to a statement released by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

The man’s wife, the mother of the two children, is a soldier who has just returned from a deployment overseas, the statement said.

Officials did not identify the soldier or her family.

“Although a final determination has not been made and the investigation is continuing, early indications are the deaths are possibly the result of a tragic murder-suicide involving the husband and the two children,” the statement said. 

Autopsies are being conducted by the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner.  

[Updated, 6:10 p.m. Jan. 23: The father was identified as Rouhad Ahamd Ezzeddine, 43, and daughters Leila Rouhad Ezzeddine, 9, and Zeinab Rouhad Ezzeddine, 4. The mother is Pfc. Carla Santisteban, 33, who had recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan, the Army said in a statement Thursday.

 

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