Police: Modesto mom took her two sons' lives, then her own

Police believe a Modesto mother fatally shot her two young sons before turning the gun on herself in an early Sunday murder-suicide.

Police identified the mother as 28-year-old Lisandra Corrales and her sons as 6-year-old Pierre Hurtado and 4-year-old Nathan Hurtado, according to a news release issued Monday afternoon.

The apparent murder-suicide took place in a home on the 1800 block of Rancho Encantado Court just south of West Hatch Road and east of Carpenter Road in south Modesto.

A male family member called 911 about 1:15 a.m. Sunday to report the three deaths. Police spokeswoman Heather Graves said the caller was not Corrales' significant other.

"Evidence at the scene indicates the incident took place shortly before the 911 (call) was placed," according to the release. "A motive has not yet been determined, as detectives continue their investigation into the events that led up to the deaths."

One neighbor, who asked that her name not be used, said Monday afternoon that a couple with three children moved into the home in January. The third child was an older girl.

Another neighbor, who also asked not to be identified, said there were no signs of problems, such as loud arguments or late-night parties. He said the girl appeared to be about 11 years old. "They kept to themselves, and they were quiet," the neighbor said.

The neighbor said he was friendly with the man but their conversations were limited because the neighbor's Spanish and the man's English were limited. But the neighbor said the two shared an interest in fishing, and about a month ago while the neighbor was doing yard work, the man returned from fishing and brought him a big trout.

"He was friendly," the neighbor said.

Graves said she could not confirm the neighbors' accounts about the size of the family and did not know who else was in the home at the time of the shooting.

The Bee was not able to reach Corrales' family or the homeowner Monday afternoon. Neighbors said the family was renting the home.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tips also can be texted to Crime Stoppers at 274637. Type “TIP704” along with your message.

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