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Police: Denver mom shot 3 kids, killed herself

DENVER (AP) – A mother shot and killed two of her young children and critically wounded another before taking her own life in a Denver home, police said Thursday.

The surviving child, Isabel Perez, was hospitalized in critical condition in a deep coma, said Dr. Claudia Kunrath of Denver Health. Police said the child is 2.

Police identified the mother as 23-year-old Mayra Perez. The medical examiner’s office said her 4-year-old daughter died of multiple gunshot wounds and her son, who was nearly 2, died of a single gunshot wound.

Police have not discussed a possible motive.

Relatives have said the woman quarreled Tuesday night with her husband, who left their home to cool off and found the bodies when he returned early Wednesday.

“Whatever reason drove her to this, it’s going to be in God’s hands,” the children’s uncle Tony Nunez said at a news conference. “He will be the judge of her.”

Nunez didn’t take questions and said his focus is on prayers for his niece. He thanked community members who have offered support.

Police said no arrests have been made, and they weren’t searching for any suspects.

The house where the bodies were found is in an industrial area near the National Western Stock Show complex.

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