Two 9-year-old twin sisters were stabbed to death Wednesday by their father, who then stabbed himself and was found dead across the street from the home in Placentia in a murder-suicide, police said.
Officers went to the 400 block of Swanson Avenue at 12:38 a.m. regarding a call of “unknown trouble with two children stabbed,” Placentia Police Lt. Adam Gloe said in a statement.
The suspect was identified as 41-year-old Timothy Takehara, according to Sgt. Joe Connell. Police did not release the names of the victims.
When officers arrived they found Takehara on a front lawn across the street from his home, Gloe said.
The officers found the twins bleeding inside their home. The girls’ mother and grandmother, who is Takehara’s mother, were in the home when the attack happened and police were talking to them to try to find out what happened, Connell said.
“My heart goes out to the family,” Sgt. Bryce Angel told reporters at the scene. “This is just a tragic situation for the this whole community.”
The mother and grandmother were asleep in the home when the attack occurred, according to police.
“The children’s mother was awakened to this violence, and tried to intervene,” Angel told Fox11. “However, the male had already completed the act, and ran out of the house. And it looks he bled out, across the street.”
Angel said crisis counselors were made available to relatives of the victims.
“It is extremely tragic for the family,” Angel said. “It’s just one of those things that we hate to see happen. We’re trying to get to the bottom of this, why it happened.”
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