LOS ANGELES — Three boys who were found dead Wednesday inside a parked car near a Los Angeles elementary school allegedly killed by their father have been identified, KTLA reports.
The children were identified as 10-year-old Luis Alfanso Fuentes, 9-year-old Juan Daniel Fuentes and 8-year-old Alexander Fuentes, according to Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
Their bodies were discovered around 6:49 a.m. in the 300 block of East 32nd Street in the Historic South-Central neighborhood.
KTLA reports the boys were found by a local businessman who described the scene as a “pretty difficult sight.”
A fourth person in the vehicle, who has been identified as the boy’s father, was found with multiple stab wounds. He was transported to the hospital.
The car wherein the children’s bodies were found was parked across the street from Dolores Huerta Elementary School. The children were not students at that school, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said during a 2 p.m. news conference.
Beck called the slayings “horrific” and an incident that “(scars) not only the community, but the first responders” who arrived at the scene.
LAPD Officer Matthew Ludwig said the father was suspected in the killings.
The man, who has not yet been identified, is in custody, police say. Relatives have identified the man to KTLA as Luis Fuentes.
Local pastor Bishop Juan Carlos Mendez said the father was unemployed and living in the car with his sons. Family members told KTLA the biological mother died years ago.
The stepmother was at work when the killings occurred, while the youngest child was in daycare, according to police.
Rene Chanquin, the boys’ cousin, has set up a GoFundMe page for the Fuentes children. The money raised through the donation page would go to help pay for the family’s funeral and burial costs.