Police in Little Rock, Arkansas, are investigating a double-homicide and suicide at a home, according to reports on Monday.
The Little Rock Police Department said that officers were called to a home at around 11 a.m. local time. There, they found Robert Mangan, 39, dead along with his children’s bodies. They are aged 5 and 4, according to Arkansas Matters.
There was no obvious trauma seen on the bodies of the children, police said. The names of the children were not released.
Autopsies for the three are pending, officials told Arkansas Matters.
Little Rock Police Department Chief Kenton Buckner wouldn’t say if a weapon was found in the home. The motive is not clear.
“We do not know that,” the chief said, reported Arkansas Online. “But we are unsure what events occurred that resulted in this.”
“When you have kids who are incapable of protecting themselves be the victim of something this heinous, it’s very, very frustrating,” he said.
The killings are the 44th and 45th this year in Little Rock.
According to Arkansas Matters, detectives interviewed the mother of the children and another person at the residence. The mother said that she and Mangan recently separated.
“This is very, very tough. Not only for our agency, but for our community,” he told NWAOnline, adding that neighbors likely knew the children.
Neighbors reacted to the deaths.
“We as a neighborhood are heartbroken,” said Jo Keith, who is the vice president of the neighborhood association and a Little Rock police chaplain.