Crime

Louisiana Family Of Four Found Dead In Suspected Murder-Suicide

| by Nicholas Roberts
Kelli and David Mata.Kelli and David Mata.

A Louisiana father reportedly stabbed his wife and two young sons to death before killing himself, according to Jefferson Parish police. The scene was discovered and reported by the wife's 18-year-old daughter, who was returning home from a hunting trip.

WWLTV reports that David Mata, 46, and Kelli Mata, 40, were discovered by Kelli's daughter in their home with stab wounds on Nov. 29. The Times-Picayune reports she immediately contacted authorities, who discovered her half-brothers Caden, 4, and Liam, 2, in their separate bedrooms, both dead with stab wounds.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand reported that David had stabbed the three other family members before 11 a.m., according to The Times-Picayune. A spokesman from the sheriff's office added that a straight-blade knife was discovered under his body.

The murder has shocked residents of the neighborhood in Marrero, Louisiana. The family reportedly did not have a history that would suggest such an act might happen and David's Facebook page shows pictures of a happy, loving family.

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Court records show there had been some turbulence between David and Kelli in the past. In 2010, David pleaded guilty to assaulting Kelli, was given a suspended prison sentence and fined $540, according to The Times-Picayune. In  2002 David pleaded guilty to possessing 1,000 anabolic steroid tablets.

David also had been married before, and his then-wife accused him of deserting her to live with Kelli; David said she forced him to move out and made his own accusations against her. They were granted a divorce in 2012, the same year that David and Kelli married, according to David's Facebook page.

A 14-year-old neighbor of the Matas, who cut their grass, told The Times-Picayune that they had spoken to David as recently as Thanksgiving, and that he had seemed perfectly normal. They had seen "minor disagreements" between David and Kelli in the past, but added that "once you hear this, you've got to take that to a whole 'nother level."

A vigil was held for the family at 5 p.m. on Nov. 29.

Sources: WWLTV, The Times-Picayune / Photo credit: Facebook via The Times-Picayune