Three children killed in West Sacramento

Jerome Frank
September 16, 2017

Wednesday evening, the family's neighbors called the police to report a possible domestic violence incident. Scott said that afterward, she heard screaming from the apartment when the mother realized her children were dead.

"And then I wrote a note to them to say 'good luck.' I wish them good luck in heaven", she said. "The officers are absolutely impacted, along with the firefighters, and certainly the family, the neighbours-this call is going to have quite a bit of emotion".

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the mother of the children hysterical and begging them to go inside her apartment, reported The Sacramento Bee.

One neighbor there who didn't want to reveal her identity says she saw Hodges follow his distraught wife out of their apartment after choking her.

Life-saving efforts failed to revive the children, and police put out a bulletin for Hodges.

West Sacramento Police Sgt. Roger Kinney said the mother was a victim of domestic violence but that he didn't know the extent of her injuries.

Their great-grandmother, Irene Aiello, said that "everything appeared to be OK" between the couple.

The children's mother, a victim of domestic violence and Hodges' wife, witnessed Hodges kill the children, Kinney said.

He continued: "It's horrific and it's very hard to deal with". "This [investigation] is going to take not hours, not days, it's going to take a long time a long time to come to grips with what happened there".

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"It wasn't easy", said Southport Elementary Teacher Christel Cruz as her eyes welled up.

Speaking to kcra, local resident, Theresa Bustamante expressed shock of news of the triple homicide.

The children's names, ages and genders have not been released.

A makeshift memorial sprouted outside the family's second-floor apartment in a quiet, neatly maintained apartment complex with a gated driveway. Grief counselors will be on hand. I was in my apartment the whole time.

"The kids seemed jolly most of the time, seemed happy".

"We always played together", Daniel said.

Longtime friends of Robert Hodges are just as stunned and saddened by all that's happened.

Washington Unified School District said in a statement that a candlelight vigil was planned for Thursday night at Southport Elementary School, where two of the children attended.

"They were lovely great-grandbabies", Aiello said.

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