A devastated US mother has spoken out about the heartbreak of losing both of her children, who were allegedly killed by their father.
Fox59 reports that 40-year-old California man Alvaro Camara had spent Father’s Day with 6-year-old daughter and 18-month-old son.
Camara was meant to drop off the children to their mother’s house but they never returned.
Police visited the man’s home for a routine welfare check on Monday and found Camara and his children dead inside the home. Police believe the man killed his children before hanging himself in a bedroom. The husband and wife were reportedly in a custody dispute at the time.
Bay Area news station KRON4 published a devastating letter that the children's mother wrote after their tragic death.
“I sit here at 7:06 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 swaddled in my daughter’s blanket and drinking tea from a cup that reads “I love you mom,” fighting back the tears and struggling to make sense of this horrific situation,” she wrote.
"They are my precious innocent children that were beyond loved by their family, friends and community.”
The mother explained that she wanted to share her story to help create awareness about domestic violence and to prevent future acts of violence.
“I know I am not the only person that is or has gone through this horrific unimaginable situation, so please help me spread stories like this to raise awareness that is much needed to help prevent anything like this happening to another family,” she wrote.
“I sought help on numerous occasions and said many, many, many times my children were in danger in their father’s care and I didn’t receive the urgent help I needed to save them.”
The mother ended the letter with the sign-off: “—A mother no longer able to hold her children.”
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