Bodies in burning California home may be murder-suicide

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Posted: Jun 22, 2011 3:59 PM
Bodies in burning California home may be murder-suicide

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The bodies of a father and his two teenage sons were found in a burning San Diego area home on Tuesday in what police said appears to be a murder-suicide.

A spokesman for police in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista said suicide notes were found inside the home, along with the bodies, once the fire was extinguished.

Authorities did not release the names of the three victims, who were said to be a man and two boys aged 13 and 15.

The incident marked the third time in three weeks that a south San Diego County family has been destroyed by murder and suicide.

On May 31, the estranged boyfriend of a 41-year-old Chula Vista woman strangled her and her two children, ages 11 and 12, then jumped to his death from a freeway bridge near the home.

A week before that, a south San Diego couple killed their 17-year-old and 9-year-old daughters, and then themselves at their rented home, apparently over money issues and a failed family business.

"It's definitely been unusual the spike in murders and suicides," Chula Vista Police spokesman Lt. Lon Turner told Reuters.

"We are still a safe place, but we are very concerned about these needless deaths," he said.

(Reporting by Marty Graham; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Greg McCune)