A Brooklyn mother and her four children were stabbed to death in their Sunset Park home Saturday night, according to officials.
The victims were found unconscious and unresponsive just before 11 p.m. Saturday. Linda Zhuo, 9; Amy Zhuo, 7; and William Zhuo, 1, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Their mother, 37-year-old Qiao Zhen Li, and 5-year-old brother Kevin were rushed to area hospitals, where they later died.
The New York Police Department have a person of interest in custody, reportedly a cousin, but as of this morning no charges are filed. Witnesses told CBS New York, that the man taken into custody had no shoes on and his feet were bloody.
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“It’s looking like a domestic violence case,” a high-ranking police source told New York Daily News.
The father of the children has not been named a person of interest in the crime. He wasn’t home when the murders took place and was inconsolable when he arrived, witnesses said. Police had to break the news to him through a Chinese interpreter.
“The father was freaking out. He just came home from work and saw the police and they told him. He was hysterical,” neighbor May Chan told the Daily News.
The gruesome crime shocked area residents.
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“I always see (the kids) running around here,” Chan said. “They run around by my garage playing. They run up and down screaming. They’re little kids ... that’s so heartbreaking. Innocent kids, my God.”
“I saw the mom and the kid, just covered in blood,” said Kenny Lin, 33, who lives down the street. “They were both on stretchers.”