Fort Hood Murder-Suicide Victims Identified

By: KBTX Staff / The Associated Press
By: KBTX Staff / The Associated Press
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  • Bodies found 7:15 a.m. Tuesday
  • Victims: Rouhad Ezzeddine, 43, and his two daughters Leila, 9, and Zeinab, 4
  • Investigated as Murder-Suicide
  • Victims' wife/mother recently returned from Afghanistan
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FORT HOOD - UPDATE: Fort Hood officials have identified the father and daughters found dead in a suspected murder-suicide.

Rouhad Ezzeddine, 43, and his daughters Leila, 9, and Zeinab, 4, were found Tuesday morning in their home on-base. Early indications are Ezzeddine killed his daughters and then took his own life.

Ezzeddine ‘s wife, Private 1st Class Carla Santisteban, had recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan. She is assigned to 15th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade qCombat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

"This is a terrible tragedy for the mother and families of these children,” says Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, Fort Hood senior commander and commanding general 1st Cavalry Division. “We are doing everything possible to care for the family in this time of profound grief and loss."

January 22 @ 9:34 p.m. Investigators say the deaths of a Fort Hood soldier’s husband and two daughters appears to be the result of a tragic murder-suicide.

The bodies of a 43-year-old man and his two daughters, ages nine and four, were found Tuesday morning in their home in the Pershing Park neighborhood on-base. Early indications are the man killed his daughters and then took his own life. The man’s wife and mother of the two children had recently returned from an overseas deployment.

Autopsies are being conducted by the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner. The names of the victims have not been released.

It could be a while before the Army releases its final results. The Army says it will not do so until investigators have conducted a “very thorough and complete investigation,” examining all physical evidence and testimony, and exhausting all possible leads.

No further information is being released at this time “to protect the integrity of the investigative process.”

January 21 @ 2:38 p.m.

A man and two children have been found dead in a home at Fort Hood.

A statement from the Texas Army post says the bodies were found about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The post released few details about the deaths. It did say all three are military dependents, meaning they're related to a soldier. However, officials haven't said if they're related to each other.

Agents of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating but are withholding any details until relatives can be notified. Also, agents aren't commenting on the deployment status of the soldier in the household.

However, the statement says there is no further threat to the community.

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