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Mother, two children victims of murder-suicide in Lake in the Hills home

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  • Police are investigating the death of three people found inside a townhouse in the Lake in the Hills.

      Police are investigating the death of three people found inside a townhouse in the Lake in the Hills.
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By Katie Smith
Daily Herald correspondent

Authorities this morning identified a 27-year-old woman and her children as the victims of a murder-suicide in their Lake in the Hills home.

Carla M. Lopez-Meija, her son Esquivel Garcia, 11, and daughter Ariana, 8, were found dead Tuesday afternoon by authorities responding to a call of an unresponsive person at a home in the 2300 block Daybreak Drive, according to the McHenry County coroner's office.

"Preliminary scene findings suggest that this is a murder-suicide confined to these decedents and this location and that there is no threat to public safety," the coroner's office said Wednesday.

Complete examination, autopsy and toxicology will be performed on all three family members this afternoon at the coroner's office, after which additional details may be made public. A final determination on the manner of death will not be announced until all aspects of the ongoing investigation are complete, Coroner Dr. Anne L. Majewski said in a news release.

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