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Anchorage police, at a news conference on Thursday, revealed the names of the family found dead in their south Anchorage home on Wednesday. They were identified as 24-year-old Curtis Young, 27-year-old Desiree Leandra Gonzalez, 4-year-old Zaiden Young, and 17-month-old Zarielle Young.
Police announced on Thursday that the incident was determined to have been isolated in the home and the department called it a “domestic violence related incident.”
Further information as to who in the family killed the others, or what type of weapon was used were not revealed, but the police said that a firearm was found in the home.
The investigation is on-going and investigators spent approximately 12 hours at the scene combing through potential evidence for clues as to why the shocking killings occurred. No motive for the killings has been revealed and police are not saying if a suicide note was present at the scene.
Autopsies are being conducted on the four victims to determine exactly how long the family was deceased before being found by Gonzalez’s father just after 12 noon on Wednesday. The father had gone to check on the family after they failed to drop off the children as they usually did, and calls to the home went unanswered, police reported. The father, upon going to the house and finding the door locked, climbed through a window to find his daughter, her boyfriend and two grandchildren dead from gunshot wounds.
As police believe this incident to be a murder-suicide, they are not currently seeking any suspects in the case.