Chris Dawson allegedly shot dead his nine-year-old son and daughter, five, before killing himself in horrific murder-suicide on Dec 9
Dawson shot Luke, 9, and 5-year-old Bree. at the family home in Dallas-Fort Worth, Tex., Saturday morning
Chris was also found dead, but the his wife Rachel Dawson was unhurt after the tragedy
Authorities described family as normal, with ‘no history’ of abuse
Previous neighbors however, from described Chris as a ‘controlling’ husband
Siblings Luke and Bree Dawson, aged 9 and 5, were shot dead by their dad at their home in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday morning
A father has shot dead his two young children before turning the gun on himself, cops in Texas said.
Five-year-old Bree and her nine-year-old brother Luke were found dead alongside their father Chris Dawson at a home in North Richland Hills, a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth, on Saturday morning.
The mother of the children, who was unharmed in the tragedy, called 911 after the shooting.
Police in The Dallas suburb say a father shot and killed his two young kids before turning the gun on himself. The family lived in Phoenix up until a few months ago.
North Richland Hills police were called by the mother of the children, Rachel Dawson, around 7:15 a.m. Saturday. She reportedly found her two young children and her husband, Chris, dead.
Rachel Dawson with her children Bree and luke
The family had not lived in the area long but was very normal, according to neighbors. But a previous neighbor, from when the family lived in Phoenix, said there were ‘warning signs’ and claimed the father was abusive
Neighbors told the Star-Telegram they heard a loud bang at about 6.30am. Cops say they found the bodies just after 7am.
Neighbors said they heard screams early in the morning before seeing the mother leave with police officers.
The family had not lived in the area long but was reportedly very normal, according to neighbors, however, a previous neighbor, from when the family lived in Phoenix, said there were ‘warning signs’ and claimed the father was abusive.
Ariel Borg told 12News: ‘He was very, very controlling of Rachel to the extent that after a certain point he no longer allowed her to be friends with us.’
Borg said the family lived in Arizona up until a few months ago.
She added: ‘We saw warning signs but I don’t think anyone could have guessed that this would’ve happened. It shocked everyone.’
The Dawson children aged 9 and 5, were found dead alongside their dad Chris at a home [photo], in North Richland Hills, a suburb of Dallas-Forth Worth, on Saturday morning
Policein Dallas said there was ‘no history here’, adding: ‘We’re still trying to figure out why. I grew up in North Richland Hills and I would call this a pretty quiet neighborhood,’
police spokeswoman Carissa Katekaru said .
Another neighbor, Karen Banner, spoke to NBC5 about the horrific event.
‘Losing two kids right here at Christmas time, that’s tough,’ she said.
She added: ‘They were playing music, and kicking soccer, and their basketball goal.
‘They’re the only ones that had little kids. All the kids around here are grown and gone.’
Neither the victims nor the perpetrator have yet been formally identified by police. The family has set up a GoFundme site to help with funeral expenses