BEIRUT: Local media Thursday identified as Lebanese a father and his two daughters that were found shot dead in a suspected murder-suicide on a U.S. army base earlier this week.
American media reported that a 43-year-old man and his children, 9 and 4, were found dead early Tuesday morning in their on-base home. Lebanese media identified the man as Rihad Ezzedine from the southern town of Kafra, citing his age as 42, and his daughters as Layla and Zeinab, describing them as 9 and 5 respectively.
The man’s wife, also mother to the children, was a soldier in the U.S. army who had recently returned from a deployment, according to a statement released by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command Wednesday. Lebanese reports further identified her as a Peruvian nurse who had been working in Afghanistan.
Investigations were ongoing, the U.S. army statement added, but “early indications are the deaths are possibly the result of a tragic murder-suicide.”
Fort Hood is one of the largest military installations in the U.S. and has been heavily involved in deploying troops to Iraq and Afghanistan. In the last four years, there have been nearly 60 suicides on the base, with a whopping 22 occurring in 2010 alone.