Over 2000 family, friends, fellow students and strangers gathered Thursday night to express and share their grief over the death of three children, two of which were students at Southport Elementary School near Sacramento, California.
They came together to bid farewell to the children — Kelvin, age 11, Julie, age 9, and Lucas, age 7 months, who were found dead Wednesday (Sept. 13) night.
Their father, Robert Hodges, 32, of West Sacramento, was taken into custody a few hours later in another part of West Sacramento by California Highway Patrol officers. He is expected to be arraigned Monday.
Details as to how they were killed have not yet been released. Attempts to revive the children by first responders failed.
“Something like this is very disturbing,” West Sacramento police Sgt. Roger Kinney said.
“The officers are absolutely impacted, along with the firefighters, and certainly the family, the neighbors — this call is going to have quite a bit of emotion. It’s horrific, and it’s very difficult to deal with. This is going to take not hours, not days, it’s going to take a long time to come to grips with what happened there.”
Kinney alleged that the mother was a victim of domestic violence. No details about what happened to her were released.
“Obviously, she’s traumatized, and it’s going to take some time to find out what’s going on,” Kinney said.
Today (Sept. 15), the mother posted an emotional entry on her Facebook page reprinted here as it appeared:
Thank you everyone for all your loves and support. It mean so much to me and my 3 children’s. As for now I would like some quiet and privacy as I try to live through each day without my precious, loving children’s.
There’s many stories out there that aren’t true of what happen. I still can’t get the picture out of my head. For those that know Robbie know he was once a loving and caring husband and father to our children. I was never in abusive marriage, he had always been a caring and loving person, but for whatever reason went thru his mind, heart to do this I can never imagine why. And I ask myself everyday “why?”
“Heavenly Father, please hold my 3 babies into your home where they are warm, love and care forever. I know someday we will cross again. Until that day please know I love, miss, care and think of them everyday and night.” Amen.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced yet.
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