This is breaking news and will be updated.
Six people were found dead in a house in Allen early Monday. The police said it was apparently a suicide murder.
Officers answered a call about a welfare check on the 1500 block of Pine Bluff Drive at around 1 a.m.
The call came from a family friend who said someone at home was suicidal, police said.
When the officers arrived, they found a family of six in the house.
Police did not disclose the identity of the dead but said they were two teenage brothers, a sister, her father and mother, and a grandmother. The youngest was 19, police said.
Police said they believe the brothers are the suspects.
“Apparently two brothers made an agreement to commit suicide and ended up taking the whole family away,” said Sgt. Jon Felty, a police spokesman.
A social media account of a 19-year-old who lived at home contained a link to a long suicide note.
Police believe the incident happened sometime on Saturday. They didn’t say how the family died.
The incident has been contained in the home and there is no threat to the community, police said.
The police tape was wrapped in front of the house on Pine Bluff Drive Monday.(Jason Janik / Special Contributor)
Karen Falla, who lives across the street, said she and her family are still processing what happened.
“We were out in our garden yesterday and all six people had already died and we had no idea,” she said.
She said her family doesn’t know the neighbors very well, but her husband sometimes talks to them when they are gardening. Her daughter graduated from Allen High School last year and knew two of the siblings, she said.
“She said they are smart kids,” said Falla. “The sister was really cute, they are smart kids and did well in school and had a positive outlook on their future.”
Neighbor Kevin Patel, 28, has lived in the neighborhood since 2016 and said he only saw the family a few times in passing.
He said he came home around 7:30 am on Monday and saw the police outside, but they did not say why they were there. His parents later showed him the news.
“It wasn’t the first time I believed it,” he said. “It was shocking”
Lifelines of support
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Confidential online chat is available aticidepreventionlifeline.org
Crisis Text Line: 24-hour support by SMS to HOME at 741741. Further information at crisistextline.org
North Texas Behavioral Health Authority: 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-866-260-8000 or at ntbha.org
North Texas Suicide and Crisis Center: Speak to a trained advisor on the 24-hour hotline at 214-828-1000 or 800-273-8255, or visit sccenter.org
Here for Texas Mental Health Navigation Line: Grant Halliburton Foundation initiative connecting North Texans to mental health resources tailored to each caller at 972-525-8181 or hereForTexas.com
Dallas Metrocare Services: For assistance, call 1-877-283-2121 or go to metrocareservices.org