TW: mentions of death and suicide. On October 29th, Deer Park, Texas police arrived at the home of the Auzenne family after family members and friends reported the family missing and requested a welfare check. When the police arrived at the scene, they found the bodies of Ashley Auzenne, age 39 along with her three children Parrish, age 11, Eleanor, age 9 and Lincoln, age 7.
When the crime first happened, the police were initially unable to report how the family died. They may have had their suspicions but were hesitant to say exactly what the cause of death was since there was no suicide note left at the scene of the crime. Since then, an autopsy has been performed and Deer Park police have been able to confirm that the mother of the thee killed her two sons and daughter, then turned the gun on herself and then took her own life in a murder-suicide.
The murder-suicide happened just a week after Ashley's divorce from her husband, Murvin Auzenne Jr was declared final and it is believed that this life event is what triggered these tragic events. There is evidence that the divorce may have taken its toll on Ashley. Murvin Auzenne Jr. told the Houston Chronicle that Ashley didn't like the results of the divorce and had become bitter.
He went on to tell the paper, “Ashley tried her best to be a good mother. She and I had our issues, we argued and fought just like any other couple headed for divorce, but I never had any reason to believe she was capable of this. Nobody did.”
People close to Ashley say that they were surprised and didn't see this coming. There are even posts that Ashley made on social media pages indicating that she was anti-gun violence which makes it even more shocking.
In an interview with KTRK, the children's paternal grandfather, Murvin Auzenne Sr. told reporters that his grandchildren were a joy. “They were kids you wanted to have around, they really were. They played well, they talked to the adults. They’re amazing children in all kinds of fantastic ways,” he added. “The family has all rallied around my son, Murvin. Our focus is only on one thing: helping through this difficult time.”