Tolleson (AZ)

Father Kills 6- and 8-Year-Old Daughters Then Self on New Year’s Day

Police have identified the father as Alejandro Gallardo, 45, but are withholding the names of the girls. Police said Gallardo died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. The girls were shot in the upper torso, according to police. “It’s very somber; this is the time of year when we should be rejoicing with our family,” Gaytan said. “It’s sad this sort of incident happened.”

Neighbors said there was a long history of domestic violence between a man and a woman who had lived together at the house.

Neighbors also reported hearing the terrified screams of a girl, who was also crying and speaking in Spanish, at about 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

“It was terrified screaming, she was screaming in Spanish over and over again. What I got is that she was crying over something. She was crying hysterically,” said Brad Haltom, a volunteer at the Bridge Community Church and Tolleson Food Bank.

Dennis Sims, who is also a volunteer at the food bank, said “I thought it was a domestic dispute, but I never saw any violence. People were devastated by what happened.”

Tolleson police find bodies of 2 girls, 1 man in house. AZCentral.com, 1/1/2014.

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