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Man who killed daughter, wounded another was Purple Heart veteran

A Tulare County man who shot his two daughters, killing one, and then himself on Memorial Day served in the Vietnam War and earned a Purple Heart.

Anthony Alvarez, 63, shot himself after killing Jennifer Kimble, 37, and critically wounding Valerie Alvarez, 33, before 5 a.m. Monday, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

Anthony Alvarez received his Purple Heart after serving in Vietnam as a Marine, KGPE-TV of Fresno reported.

Kimble’s 13- and 11-year-old sons and 8-year-old daughter were in the Orosi home at the time of the shooting. The 8-year-old called police after the shooting, police said. Kimble’s husband was at work when the shooting occurred.

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Kimble worked the register at Palm Elementary’s cafeteria in Orosi, the Fresno Bee reported.

“I’m just as surprised as anyone else right now,” Brenda Lightfoot-Handy, director of food services at the school, told the Bee. “I’m just trying to process this.”

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