Thursday, February 22, 2024

US man kills self, family over job loss

A man fatally shot his wife, five young children and himself, claiming in a note he faxed to a TV station that the couple had just been fired from their hospital jobs and together planned the killings as an escape for the whole family.
“Why leave our children in someone else’s hands,” Ervin Lupoe wrote in a letter posted late on Tuesday on the KABC-TV website.
The station called police after receiving the fax, and a police dispatch centre also received a call from a man who stated, “I just returned home and my whole family’s been shot.”
Officers rushed to the home in Wilmington, a small community between the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, about 8:30 am, apparently within minutes of the killings. Officers could still smell the gunshot residue in the air.
Although the fax asserted that Ana Lupoe planned the killings of the whole family, police Lt John Romero said Ervin Lupoe was the suspect. A revolver was found next to his body.
Ana Lupoe’s body was found in an upstairs bedroom with the bodies of the couple’s twin 2-year-old boys. The bodies of an 8-year-old girl and twin 5-year-old girls were found alongside Ervin Lupoe’s in another bedroom.
All were shot in the head, some multiple times, Coroner’s assistant chief Ed Winter said. The killings may have occurred between Monday evening and early Tuesday, based on neighbour’s accounts, he said.
Ervin Lupoe removed three of the children from school about a week and a half ago, saying the family was moving to Kansas, the principal told KCAL-TV.

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