'Dad' kills his three children after violently beating wife

Three children killed in front of their mother by her 33-year-old husband in horror attack

Three children killed in front of their mother by her 33-year-old husband in horror attack

Police have not revealed how the children were killed.

"A California Highway Patrol officer pulled him over near Interstate 80 and West El Camino Avenue", reported The Sacramento Bee.

Officers found the children and tried to perform life-saving care, he said.

The mother is Mai Hodges, who works as a cashier at Thunder Valley Casino northeast of Sacramento, said casino spokesman Doug Elmets.

According to reports, cops were called to a West Sacramento apartment over reports of an incident of domestic violence - hours before the kids died.

He continued: "It's horrific and it's very hard to deal with".

Police say Hodges was married to the children's mother, but it's unclear if he was their father.

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"We don't understand what happened, we really don't", she told the Associated Press. By the time police arrived at the home, Holdges had already fled.

A woman described as the wife of Hodges and mother of the three children was also at the scene.

"He was choking her and she called the police for domestic violence", she said.

Several people who knew Hodges and the victims said they were unaware of any domestic violence in the family. The children and their mother had not yet been officially identified on September 14, and their ages were not released yet by authorities. Mai Hodges was unable to be there, Menzies said, noting that she is going through great turmoil, but Hodges wished to convey her gratitude for the community's support. "This is going to take not hours, not days, it's going to take a long time to come to grips with what happened there".

Neighbors and officials organized a candlelight vigil at the school, while a makeshift memorial sprouted outside the family's second-floor apartment in a quiet, neatly maintained apartment complex with a gated driveway. I was in my apartment the whole time. Counselors had been brought in to assist students and teachers and Thursday's regularly scheduled school board meeting was canceled because of what the district called the "senseless tragedy".

The slayings left his relatives and neighbors pondering what might have gone wrong in a family they said seemed happy, with no sign of turmoil. "Together, we grieve this loss", the release continued.

Two of the victims went to Southport Elementary School.

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