“She said, ‘Why won’t you kill me?’ He said, ‘No, you’re going to live with this.’ ”

The couple were scheduled to meet with a court-ordered mediator on Tuesday. In a bag Boynton Beach crime scene investigators found at his former home on Southwest 8th Avenue was a TEC-9, a once-banned semi-automatic handgun, plus extra ammunition. There was duct tape. Cutting shears. And a note.

The note was addressed to the couple’s eldest son, a 19-year-old former Little League star who no longer lived with his parents. Police have not released the note, but they described it as “emotional.”

It was friends and neighbors who were emotional on Sunday, struggling with the tragic news Isidro Zavala had killed himself with a .38-caliber pistol after doing the unthinkable, killing two of his sons while their mother fought him and pleaded for him to kill her instead, at the home they had once shared.

Just before 2 a.m. Saturday, police found Eduardo, 12, strangled on the back patio. His little brother, Marco, 11, died in the kitchen dining area, both strangled and shot. Their mother, Victoria Flores Zavala, had pleaded with Zavala, according to Boynton Beach Police Chief Matthew Immler.

“She said, ‘Why won’t you kill me?’ He said, ‘No, you’re going to live with this,’” Immler told reporters.

Boynton Beach man who killed 2 sons, himself, took days to plan attack. The Palm Beach Post, 2/3/2013.

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