The caller stated that she had a disagreement with her husband, identified as Larry Thompson, and left their house with her children for the night. Her husband and his twin girls remained behind, she said.
When she returned hours later to check on them, she entered and thought she heard a single gunshot ring out from inside the residence. She immediately left the home and called the sheriff’s office to report the incident.
Deputies arrived a short time later and determined the woman's husband was armed with a handgun and had made statements of violence toward both his family and police warning violence if anyone tried to take his children.
Police talked with Thompson’s mother, who told them she was just inside the home and spoke with both Thomson and his twins.
Minutes after Thompson's mother voluntarily left the residence, at least two gunshots rang out from inside the home, the sheriff's office said.
A Navarro County crisis negotiation team unsuccessfully attempted to contact the residents still inside the house. With the assistance of a tactical robot, a SWAT team entered the residence and found the bodies of Thompson and his twin daughters.
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Family members identified the deceased twins as Heaven and Neveah Sadler, KXAS reported.
Their mother, April Sadler, told the station, “I mean, those were my babies. I miss them. I love them.”
Sadler had not seen her daughters since early 2020, but told KXAS that she was concerned for their wellbeing while with their father and she “worried every day" about the children.
The grieving mother's cousin, Stephanie Stephens, noted the twin victims were inseparable. She described the girls as “bright” and “funny” and talked about how they loved to fish.
The investigation into the double murder-suicide is ongoing.
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