Police in Florida said a man shot his wife and her sister before killing himself.
The man’s three children and his sister-in-law’s child witnessed the shootings and ran past the bodies of their mothers to exit the house, authorities said, although some reports indicated that all four of the children were siblings.
Julien Techeler Rosemberg used a semi-automatic handgun to kill the two women before walking out to his backyard and killing himself, reported the Sun-Sentinel.
None of the children were injured, police said. They range in age from 5 to 14.
Officials said the wife, 43-year-old Pierrena Rosemberg, and her sister, 41-year-old Lourdine Cazeau, were both shot multiple times by Techeler Rosemberg.
The children were transported to the home of relatives and the state Department of Children and Families was notified.
Relatives from throughout South Florida gathered near the home in Delray Beach where the murders occurred.
“She was a strong woman, she would stand up to him, she always said that God would never let him do that to her,” a cousin of the sisters, referring to Pierrena Rosemberg, told the Sun-Sentinel.
Rosemberg had told various relatives that her husband threatened to kill her in recent years before the tragedy unfolded on Sunday.
Pearlie McMiller has lived across the street from the home where incident occurred for 3 years. ‘Never had a bit of problem out of them,’ she said of the people who lived in the home. pic.twitter.com/GVRnFzFAVN
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But neighbors said the family seemed fine.
“I never saw them arguing, their kids would come and play in my sister’s yard, they used to come and sit in my sister’s yard … never thought something was going on like this,” said Pearlie McMiller, who lives across the street. “I never knew anything like this happen in this neighborhood, nothing.”
The Rosembergs immigrated from Haiti, with Pierrena living in the country for around five years before returning to Haiti and bringing Julien back with her.
She later brought her sister from Haiti to live with her.
A relative told the Palm Beach Post that Pierrena Rosemberg was a hard worker.
“She was always working,” a woman who identified herself as Pierrena Rosemberg’s cousin said. “She took care of the kids, herself, the family.”
The family often had events with relatives, with Rosemberg playing the hostess and cooking for them.
“She is very strong, even when she goes through hard times, she laughs a lot,” the cousin said. “She is full of joy.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Oscar Leon at 561-243-7845.