A 5-year-old girl in Texas is the lone survivor of an apparent murder-suicide in a home set on fire, authorities said.
The young child was found unharmed when firefighters were called around 5 a.m. to battle a blaze at the Rockwall home, news station KDFW reported.
Investigators suspect the fire was used to cover up the shooting deaths of 42-year-old Hyun Seop Lee and his wife, 39-year-old Yoon “Debbie” Kim.
Evidence at the scene appeared to indicate Lee shot his wife, then started the fire before turning the gun on himself.
“There’s pretty clear and apparent evidence that some foul play was involved at some point during the incident,” Rockwall Police Sgt. Aaron McGrew told the news station DFW-TV.
The couple’s daughter was asleep in a car in the driveway at the time of the fire, officials said. She was taken into custody of child protective services until relatives from South Korea arrive.
Both parents were employed at universities in the engineering department. Kim was an assistant professor at Texas A&M Commerce while her husband taught at Grambling State University in Louisiana.
Neighbors said there were no signs of trouble at the home before the incident.
“It’s super strange,” neighbor Aaron Bray told DFW-TV. “As far as we hear, everything was great. People can hide a lot of things. You just never know. Super sad.”
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