Family of five, including two girls, found dead in Orlando home. ‘A nauseating sadness’

A family of five, including two elementary school-age girls, were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at an Orlando home, police told reporters.

In statements to the Miami Herald, Orlando police spokesman Andrea Otero said officers went to the house on Lake District Lane for a welfare check. When officers entered the house, they found the family — three adults and two children — dead.

On Wednesday morning, the Orlando Police Department told the Herald: “Our detectives have been working all night to gather as much information as possible about the investigation. At the moment they are still trying to report next of kin.”

Officers say more details are known, but it looks like a murder-suicide.

Neighbors told WESH2 that the family had just moved from the state to the home in the East Park neighborhood of Lake Nona in southeastern Orange County in June. They said the couple was middle-aged and had an adult son and two young daughters and that they were renting the house.

All five are dead. Orlando Police are still investigating and have not yet identified the family members or provided details of how they died.

The house “had been unusually quiet for days,” WESH reported. Then came the wellness check and discovery.

“A sickening sadness. It’s a nightmare. I don’t understand how anyone got to such an end,” neighbor Heather Collins, who lives across the street from the house with her fiancé, Justin Rossilini, told WESH. “My heart goes out to the family. I can’t even think about this, especially when family was involved. I didn’t hear anything, I wish I did. I certainly would have wanted to be that concerned neighbor who did something in this situation.”

Rossilini told reporters he was picking up outside his post when he saw the father five or six days earlier and said “hello” to the man. He had also seen the man’s wife, and that the girls were “about 6-7 years old, little girls, like” primary school childrenFox 35 reported. He said he also saw the son when he got his post, and that… the son was about 22reported the Orlando Sentinel.

Then Rossilini saw the crime scene detectives descend on the silent block. He could tell by their faces that something serious had happened in the house.

“The gentleman who came out threw up and sat in the back of the truck and smoked a cigarette and I said, ‘You do work that most people never do, and I applaud what you do.'”

Orange County Commissioner Maribel Gomez Cordero told reporters at the scene: “It’s important that leaders come out and begin to understand that something is going on with the mental health of the community. … We don’t want this to happen again,” the Orlando Sentinel reported.

This is a story in development and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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