HARRIS COUNTY, Tx. (FOX) — A Texas woman fatally shot her three young children before turning the gun on herself a week after her divorce was finalized, reports say.
Ashley Auzenne, 39 and her three children — Parrish Auzenne, 11, Eleanor Auzenne, 9, and Lincoln Auzenne, 7 — were all found dead in their Deer Park home Tuesday morning after police responded to a welfare check at the residence on New Orleans Street.
Investigators also recovered a gun inside the home.
On Thursday, the Harris County Medical Examiner’s office ruled that the deaths appeared to be because of a murder/suicide with the “mother as the suspect.”
Police declined to comment further on the homicides but called it a “terrible crime.”
While a motive has not been released, a KTRK report pointed to court documents which revealed that Ashley and Murvin Auzenne Jr. had their divorced finalized the previous week.
Deer Park is a suburban city just 20 miles east of Houston.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.