4 Dead, Including 2 Small Children, in New Year's Murder-Suicide: Authorities

Authorities originally sought Jorge Chavez in connection with the shooting deaths of his two young children and their mother.

Four people were found shot to death, including a 4-year-old and a 12-month-old, inside a South Carolina home on New Year’s Day, authorities said.

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Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the dead as Marissa Hope Reynoso, 26, and her two children, Elijah Chavez, 4, and Ezra Chavez, 1. The children’s father, Jorge Luis Chavez, 25, of Honduras, was also found shot to death.

Sheriff’s deputies had initially issued an alert for the father in connection with the shooting deaths, but later found his body inside the one-story ranch house, and described the slayings as a murder-suicide, officials said.

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An older child of Reynoso was not home at the time of the shootings and is safe, deputies said.

The killings remain under investigation and authorities have not said who pulled the trigger.  Autopsies are scheduled for Tuesday, the coroner said.

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