- A woman identified as Patricia Ortiz was accused of murdering her three young children.
- She was said to have committed the triple homicide after breaking up with her husband.
- She reportedly tried to take her own life after killing the children.
A heartbreaking event shocks the community. A woman identified as Patricia Ortiz is the suspect for the murder of her three young children. The crime happened some time after she ended her marriage, the newspaper Merced Sun Star reported.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office in California identified a Latina mother accused of killing her three children before attempting suicide on Wednesday, January 12. The EFE news agency reported that the authorities of the county in the San Joaquín Valley said that Patricia Ortiz, 31, might have killed her three children: Anna Ortiz Lara, 8 years old, Matteo Ortiz Lara, 5, and Alexa Ortiz Lara, 3.
A heartbreaking case
The children were found dead in the Ortiz family’s apartment on Wednesday afternoon after an emergency call made by neighbors. The neighbors said that a man was asking for help in the Le Grand area.
A neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, told Merced Sun Star that she had heard Patricia Ortiz’s husband yelling, “Help me, my children!” The neighbor then entered the suspect’s apartment and found the children dead in their bedrooms.
“Help me, my children!” — the cries of Patricia Ortiz’s husband
“The husband was going crazy,” the woman told Merced Sun Star. Patricia Ortiz was in the bathroom, where she tried to commit suicide by cutting her wrists after killing her three little ones.
The police said officials were able to provide Patricia Ortiz with medical treatment at the same location and then transferred her to a local hospital, where she was treated for her wrist injuries. She will be charged with three counts of murder.
Patricia Ortiz looked distressed after the separation
EFE reported that the possible motive for the homicides has not been revealed. It is not clear whether the family was facing problems. Merced Sun Star citing the neighbor wrote that Patricia Ortiz and her husband had separated during the summer of last year and that the neighbors had offered to help her.
“In fact, they insisted many times. They saw her distraught many times over the marriage. I think this is about mental health,” said the grieving neighbor after the murders allegedly committed by Patricia Ortiz on Wednesday.
Shock over the misfortune of Patricia Ortiz
EFE reported that the children attended the Le Grand Elementary School. On Thursday the school communicated the tragedy to the other parents and students, mourning the irreparable loss and offering help to the community after the crime, which has even shocked the police authorities.
“Our school community is heartbroken by this tragedy, and we mourn this enormous loss. The details of the situation are still unfolding, but whatever it is, this event is highly traumatic for our children, staff, and families. It is heartbreaking to lose a student under any circumstances. We have grief counselors on campus to support students, staff, and parents as needed. Le Grand is a strong and resilient community, and we will work together to process this tragedy,” the Le Grand Union School District statement said.
The tragedy “affects everyone”
Merced County Sheriff’s Deputy Daryl Allen said Wednesday that family members went to the scene after the incident. He also commented that the fact that an incident like this occurred in Le Grand, a relatively small community, is a shock to many.
“Le Grand is a very small town, it’s a very tight-knit town,” Allen said. “I can tell from having lived here for a long time. This whole town—I’m going to call it family—everyone in this town knows each other. So when something like that happens, it affects everyone.”
Funds for the funeral of the victims
The family of the victims has created an account on GoFundMe to help pay for the funeral expenses of the three siblings. Lynna Granados wrote in the description of the campaign: “Heaven received three beautiful angels on January 12, 2022. There is no way to express the pain of losing these three beautiful creatures.”
He added: “Anna Daniela, Matteo, and Alexa were happy and full of life children, loved by all who knew them. There are no words to express the pain and sadness in the hearts of those who love you. The only consolation is knowing that at this moment they enjoy the peace and presence of the Lord. We thank the community for their support and ask that you lift the family up in your prayers as we navigate this difficult time. Donations collected will be given to my cousin Israel Ortiz for funeral costs.”
“This should never have happened”
As of the morning of Friday, January 14, the campaign had managed to raise just over $24,000 of a goal set at $30,000. If you want to contribute to the family you can do it through this link, which takes you directly to the GoFundMe page created by Lynna Granados on Thursday.
Some of the donors have commented on that page:
“Rest in peace precious angels, my heart and prayers go out to the family.”
“This should never have happened. Prayers for these beautiful babies, prayers for the family.”
“My deepest condolences to the entire family of these little angels. May God have them in his glory.”
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