Lindsey, 35, barricaded himself in with the victims after their mother, 31-year-old mother Ciara López, fled the home Sunday night and called police to report she had been battered by Lindsey
Irayan Pluth, 11; Lillia Pluth, 10; Aidan Lindsey, 6; and 1-year-old Dove Lindsey were killed just before the day-long standoff – police said
The suspect shot at responding police officers, critically wounding Orlando Police Officer Kevin Valencia, who is in a coma
Lindsey ended the standoff by taking his own life after killing the children
Life time trouble maker, Gary Wayne Lindsey [photo], took his own life and killing four children and shooting a police officer in the head on Sunday in Orlando, Fla
For nearly the whole of a day, authorities in Orlando struggled to engage hostage taker Gary Wayne Lindsey in meaningful dialogue in a bid to save the four minor children he had with him while barricaded in their mother’s apartment.
However, for most or all of the 21-hour standoff between police and Lindsey Jr., it’s likely the four children authorities believed he was holding as hostages were already dead, the Orlando Police Department revealed Thursday.
Victims: 1-year-old Dove Lindsey [left], Irayan Pluth, [second], Lillia Pluth, [third], and Aidan Lindsey, 6, lright], were killed Gary Wayne Lindsey during Orlando standoff.
Prior to the standoff that dragged on until that evening.
Police sources believe the Four children killed during a 21-hour standoff in Florida were killed in their sleep.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that they were found wearing the same bedtime clothes in which their mother, 31-year-old mother Ciara López, had dressed them Sunday night, when she called police to report she had been battered by Lindsey, authorities said Thursday.
She managed to escape, but the bodies of the children and Lindsey were found Monday night.
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Lindsey had taken his own life after killing the children and seriously wounding Orlando Police Officer Kevin Valencia, who is in a coma.
Lopez told the Sentinel that she wanted her kids to be remembered as “loving, wonderful children, full of life.”
“I am heartbroken and feel completely alone,” she said through a family representative to the newspaper.
Officer Kevin Valencia [photo], was shot in the head by Lindsey, leaving him severely injured, as he responded to the report of domestic violence
Lopez had left the apartment to get help after she was attacked by Lindsey, the father of two of her children.
The medical examiner found that the bullets used to kill the kids all came from Lindsey’s gun, ruling out the possibility that any of the children were shot by officers returning fire during the standoff.
A GoFundMe page for the family has raised more than $40,000 in two days.
Officer Valencia is facing a “long road to recovery” after being shot in the head, his doctor said Wednesday.
“He has to come back,” wife Meghan Valencia said.