Neighbors distraught over mother, children found dead in San Jose

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SAN JOSE (KRON) — Bouquet in hand, Maria Flores is still coming to terms with what happened to her neighbor and two young boys, whose bodies were discovered here at their Dent Avenue home on Wednesday.

“It’s sad because we are never going to see the children riding their bikes again,” Flores said.

Another neighbor provided this photo of the two boys, whom she identified as Eric and Kevin, ages 4 and 7, whose lives were allegedly taken by their mother in what police are investigating as a murder-suicide.

 “I think it’s been tough on all the residents, especially the other chldren who were good friends with
with the two little boys,” she said.

San Jose Police were called to the family home on Dent Avenue about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon where the father of the children was said to be distraught after discovering the bodies of his wife and children, who attended school at nearby Lietz Elementary School.

In a statement the district said students were being appropriately informed of the tragedy and that grief counselors were on hand today.

As for a motive, neighbors say the children’s mother may have acted out of depression after losing her job.

“It’s just devastating because as a mother I want to love and protect my kids, you just never think that someone would do something like this,” Flores said.

Police offered no new details on Thursday and private security kept people away from the family’s apartment where Flores and other neighbors have been leaving flowers.

The coroner continues to work to identify the victims and the exact cause of death.

 “It’s just so sad, I would never have expected something like this,” said another neighbor Maribel Vejer.

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