Amid outpouring of support, probe continues in murder-suicide of mom, kids

January 13, 2017
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Amid an outpouring of support for grieving relatives and classmates, police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a mother and her two children in a murder-suicide. Authorities say that Carla Lopez-Mejia strangled her son Ezequiel, 11, and daughter Ariana, 8, before hanging herself in their Lake in the Hills home. Their bodies were found Tuesday by first-responders who had to break through the door of the town house to get inside. Among the few other details officials have released in recent days is that the time of death for all three family members was 12 to 24 hours prior to the 911, said McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski. That call came in at just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Authorities have not revealed who placed the 911 call, which police said was to report an unresponsive subject. Authorities have also said the children's bodies were found on the home's second floor and the mother's on the ground floor. Neighbor Janaya Simmons and her daughter Anarri visit...

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