Detectives on Sunday continued to investigate the deaths of a woman and her two sons, who were found inside a north Modesto home Saturday evening. Investigators have not said much about the circumstances surrounding the triple homicide, including the woman’s husband, who was found with self-inflicted wounds in front of the home.
“They were two wonderful kids and a wonderful mom who worked hard to take care of them, and … they will be missed and cherished every day,” said Matthew Page, the woman’s brother-in-law.
Page’s wife is the woman’s sister. He is not related to the woman’s husband. Page declined to name his sister-in-law and his nephews, information the Modesto Police Department had not released as of Sunday afternoon.
They were a loving family and two beautiful kids ... Nobody saw this coming.
Matthew Page, the woman’s brother-in-law
Page said his side of the family was not aware of any marital problems that would have led to the deaths. He said he did not know how his sister-in-law and her children died.
“They were a loving family and two beautiful kids,” Page said Sunday while standing outside his sister-in-law’s home in the 1600 block of Bay Meadows Drive. “Nobody saw this coming.”
Shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, Modesto police officers responded to the home to investigate a reported assault, according to police spokeswoman Heather Graves. The home is just east of Carver Road and a few blocks north of Briggsmore Avenue.
Inside the house, officers found the 30-year-old woman, along with a 9-year-old boy and a 4-year-old boy. They were dead. Police had not said whether the woman had any relation to the boys.
Page said the couple had been married for about eight years, and they had lived in the Modesto home for several years. He said his sister-in-law’s husband was the biological father of the 4-year-old boy.
Police would not say how the woman and the children knew the injured 28-year-old man found in front of the Bay Meadows home. Graves said he had what appeared to be self-inflicted injuries. She said the man was taken to a local hospital, where he remained Sunday morning receiving medical treatment.
It’s just unreal, and it’s just heartbreaking ... They didn’t deserve this.
Charlene Cambra, neighbor
Page said he is well aware that his sister-in-law’s husband was being treated for his injuries, and he said his family has no intention to speak to the man. Page said his family was very confused about what happened to the mother and her sons, and they were struggling to process the information they have received from investigators.
He said his sister-in-law worked as a manager at a retail business, but he declined to discuss her job any further. He said her husband was unemployed.
Page, who was speaking on behalf of his family, asked news reporters for some privacy for the family as they try to deal with the grief of losing three people who were a big part of their lives.
Investigators do not believe there is a suspect involved in this homicide who is still wanted by authorities. Police had not released the injured man’s name.
It’s unclear whether a weapon was used to kill the woman and the boys. Police also declined to discuss what type of injuries the man suffered.
According to a summary of the incident by Modesto Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy Anderson, “A male was found on the lawn area outside; he had a large laceration on his upper leg.”
Sunday morning, Anderson said the man had an altered level of consciousness. The battalion chief also said the man wasn’t saying much at the crime scene.
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Anderson did not have information on the nature of the wounds to the victims in the house. He said when it quickly was determined the woman and children were dead, firefighters left the house.
Police detectives were in the initial stages of an extensive investigation. Graves said the events leading up to the murders, as well as the cause of death, remain under investigation and have not been released.
Charlene Cambra said she didn’t hear commotion coming from the Bay Meadows home Saturday evening before the mother and her two children were found. She has lived directly across the street from the young family for four years. She said she never saw any significant disturbances coming from the home.
Cambra said she spoke to the mother a few times, but she didn’t know her name. She often saw the mother outside on her porch watching her two sons play on the front lawn.
“It’s just unreal, and it’s just heartbreaking,” Cambra said Sunday, staring at the family’s home across the street. “I couldn’t even sleep thinking about those kids and her. They didn’t deserve this.”
They seemed to be a real quiet, nice, loving family.
Jody Sengphachanh, neighbor
Jody Sengphachanh, who lives next door to the family, said he also didn’t hear commotion before police arrived and sealed off the area Saturday evening. He also remembers seeing the children often playing on their front lawn with their mother nearby. He occasionally would say hello to the boys’ mother.
“They seemed to be a real quiet, nice, loving family,” Sengphachanh said.
Investigators ask anyone with information about this homicide to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can email through the Crime Stoppers website, www.stancrimetips.org,or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing “Tip704” plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.
Bee Staff Writer Deke Farrow contributed to this news report.
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