PLACENTIA, Calif. (AP) — A man stabbed to death his twin daughters at a Southern California home and then killed himself early Wednesday, police said.
The violence was reported shortly before 12:40 a.m. Wednesday in a neighborhood in Placentia, 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
“My husband just stabbed my children," the frantic mother of the girls said in a 911 call released by police.
Officers found Timothy Takehara, 41, lying bleeding profusely on the grass in a front yard and the two 9-year-old girls bleeding inside a house across the street, police said. All were pronounced dead by paramedics.
Takehara's wife and his mother were inside the home at the time and weren’t harmed, police said.
“This is one of those calls that none of us will ever forget,” said police Sgt. Bryce Angel, according to KTTV-LA.
The station reported on its website that the girls' mother and grandmother woke up to the sound of screams and tried to intervene.
There was no immediate word on a motive for the killings.
The girls were third-graders at Golden Elementary School, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District said in a statement. Counseling is being provided on campus.
“Our thoughts are with the students’ family, friends, and loved ones as they cope with this tremendous personal loss,” the district said.
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