MESQUITE (CBSDFW.COM) – Mesquite police are looking for answers after four adults were found dead in a West Mesquite home.
While police have not confirmed the identity of the deceased, neighbors tell CBS 11 they are all members of the same family — a mother, father, son and daughter.
Neighbors say the father Marcelo Vazquez was a truck driver, and the mother, Angelica, worked part-time for Mesquite ISD.
The two children, 21-year-old Paulina and 19-year-old Alex were both college students.
Friends say, Paulina was expected home this week.
“She was supposed to hang out with a lot of us ‘cause she was here from college. She was coming down. She never called anyone, never replied to anyone’s messages,” said Gustavo Herrera, a friend from high school.
He says, friends had started to drop by her home, looking for her.
Today, they say, they arrived to find police at the house.
Herrera said, officers told him it was the Vazquez family inside.
“I’m just shaking,” he said.
Captain Doug Yates says police had been to the house on Paintbrush Drive on Saturday morning after a 911 call reported sounds of gunfire. When police arrived on the scene they tried to make contact with the residents at the home, but were unsuccessful.
After a brief survey of the exterior of the home and not noticing any signs of forced entry, the police spoke with neighbors who claimed they did not see or hear anything unusual. Officers left the scene, but returned two additional times that morning attempting to make contact.
Earlier today, the same officer returned to the residence for a follow-up and noticed that the mailbox was full and newspapers were scattered in the yard. Police then made a forced entry into the locked home and discovered two male and two female bodies in different rooms.
At this time, police have not confirmed the circumstances surrounding the deaths. However, it was reported that a handgun was found near one of the bodies.
Mesquite police spokesman Bill Hedgpeth says the Dallas County medical examiner’s office staff is investigating to determine what caused the deaths.
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