Officers from the Mesquite Police Dept, Texas responded to reports of gunshots heard at 10:25pm Monday night at a home in the 1300 block of Bradford Place
They found 63-year-old Raymond Haydel lying on the floor inside the home, with a gunshot wound to his head
As they continued their search, they found Natasha Haydel, 17, and her younger sister Alexa, 16, both dead with multiple gunshot injuries
Investigators believe Haydel shot this girls, and then committed suicide
Police say it appears Haydel and the girls’ mother were no longer together, having divorced in 2012
The girls lived with their mother in Forney and had been visiting their father in Mesquite when the fatal incident occurred
Police say it appears Haydel and the girls’ mother, Michelle Chapman, 42, were no longer together having for a divorce in 2012. Chapman remarried three-years later.
Natasha and Alexa lived permanently with Chapman in Forney and had been visiting their father in Mesquite when the fatal incident occurred.
The sisters both attended Forney High School. Alexa was a sophomore, while her older sister Natasha had just graduated high school on June 1.
Wes Hardin, who is the father of one of the girls’ boyfriends, voiced his shock that Haydel was capable of committing such a cruel act of violence against his own daughters.
‘We know what we need to know and sometimes things happen that you don’t want to put a reason on,’ Harden told CBS DFW.
‘Of course we are angry but we know the girls would want us to celebrate their life… the outpouring of support from the kids is amazing.’
The Forney Independent School District released a statement Wednesday, mourning the sisters’ deaths.
‘Yesterday, we learned of the tragic loss of two of our Forney High School students, and our hearts are broken,’ the statement said. ‘We extend condolences to Natasha and Alexa Haydel’s family and to our Forney Family.’
Forney High School is also offering online visits with grief counselors to classmates of the two girls.
Tributes to the two girls have flooded onto social media, remembering them both as ‘Bright, beautiful and talented’.
Riley Warren, the percussion director at Forney High School, wrote: ‘Please keep the mother of these girls in your prayers as the Forney community heals from the tragic loss of two incredibly bright and talented young people. I’m at a loss for words…’
A GoFundMe set up by the Hardin family to help cover funeral costs for the two girls had raised over $26,430 in donations towards its $30,000 goal as of Friday.