BREAKING UPDATE: Three days of mourning following murder-suicide involving female Guardia Civil officer

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FOLLOWING the tragic news on the morning of Thursday, December 15, that a female Guardia Civil was allegedly involved in the murder-suicide of her two young daughters, the Town Council of Quintanar del Rey (Cuenca) has decreed three days of official mourning.

UPDATE 2.58 pm (December 15) – Reports from Cuenca, Castile-La Mancha, suggested that a female Guardia Civil officer killed her two daughters and then committed suicide at around 7.19 am in a property located on the Guardia Civil barracks in Quintanar del Rey.

Following the incident, the mayor of Quintanar del Rey (Cuenca), Martín Cebrián, led a minute’s silence for the three victims – the two girls aged 9 and 11 and the 42-year-old woman.

The officer, from Algeciras (Cádiz), is said to have begun living on the barracks with her two daughters around two years ago following a split with the girl’s father.

She joined the Civil Guard in 2008 after leaving the military, according to reports.

Mayor Cebrián described the incident as a “tragic event” before declaring three days of mourning.

As reported by EFE , more than a hundred residents of Quintanar del Rey (Cuenca) observed the silence at around 12:30 p.m.

Spain’s Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, said she was “shocked” by the events.

“Shocked by the murder of the two girls aged 9 and 11 in Cuenca. All our love to their family at this time of immense pain. The protection of children from all forms of violence must be a priority for society as a whole,” the minister wrote on her Twitter account.

ORIGINAL 9.34 am (December 15) – Heartbreaking news of a murder-suicide involving a female Guardia Civil officer is being reported on Thursday, December 15.

Initial reports regarding this horrific murder-suicide suggest that a female Guardia Civil has allegedly killed her two daughters, aged 9 and 11, before taking her own life.

The tragic incident happened inside the premises of the Civil Guard in Quintanar del Rey (Cuenca) at around 7.19 am.

Sources for Spanish news outlet EFE inside the 112 emergency service said that the woman shot her daughters with a firearm before taking her own life inside the Quintanar del Rey Guardia Civil office.

According to the Directorate General of the Guardia Civil, officers at the barracks located in the municipality of Cuenca, Castile-La Mancha rushed into a house in the official pavilion in the town of Coquense after hearing multiple gunshots.

Upon arrival, the officers found the lifeless bodies of three victims. Two young girls and the 42-year-old officer.

Spanish media outlet El Mundo reported that emergency services were called to the scene just after 7.19 am.

Paramedics were unable to save any of the victims and the young girls and the Guardia Civil officer were pronounced dead at the scene,

Guardia Civil’s Judicial Police Unit is now investigating the horrific tragedy.

The news of the deaths in Spain comes after a female officer in the US was found dead at a property in New Orleans.

New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) confirmed that a 36-year-old female officer from the force had been found dead at a home in the city’s Third District on December 13.

The young officer, who has yet to be named, had been shot inside a property in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans.

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Matthew Roscoe

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