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Family: Sampson father killed daughter, himself

Posted December 31, 2012

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— A Sampson County father who saved his 8-year-old daughter from their burning house in 2002 is suspected of killing her Sunday and then committing suicide, according to family members.

Sampson County deputies found Carlos Vasquez, 39, dead inside his house at at 3660 New Hope Church Road in Turkey on Sunday night, along with Itzel Vasquez, now 18, of 1342 Sea Brook School Road in Fayetteville.

The sheriff's office said the two were related, but declined to provide specifics about their relationship or how they died.

Family members spoke with WRAL News on Monday, however, and said Carlos Vasquez shot his daughter and then turned the gun on himself.

"It hurts. Two people in my family died," relative Jonathan Vasquez said.

Carlos Vasquez had recently separated from his second wife, who went to Texas with their two children and was scheduled to return Sunday, relatives said. For some reason, she changed her mind.

"She was coming, and she stopped in Atlanta," Jonathan Vasquez said. "From there, she said she was thinking about it and said she was going back (to Texas)."

The separation was too much for Carlos Vasquez to handle, relatives said, noting that there were wrapped presents for his wife and children still under the Christmas tree in his home. He called family members Sunday to tell them goodbye.

Sampson home where father killed daughter, himself Family: Sampson man murdered daughter, killed himself

"That's why all my uncles and aunts came, but when they got here, he was already dead," Jonathan Vasquez said. "It ain't the first time that he said (he planned to kill himself). He said it a lot of times already."

Carlos and Itzel Vasquez were in the news on Nov. 4, 2002, after their Clinton home burned down. Carlos Vasquez's first wife, Paula Vasquez, and their 4-year-old son, Christian, were found dead at opposite ends of the house.

Witnesses said Carlos Vasquez pulled Itzel out of the burning home through a window. He suffered minor injuries, but the girl wasn't hurt.

At the time, officials said Itzel told them that the family left their Christmas tree on overnight. The Christmas tree was in the area where the fire started, officials said, but the exact cause was never determined.

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  • ndadszucs Jan 2, 10:44 a.m.

    So, he kept telling people he was going to kill himself and no one did anything to help them? Ok.

    Prayers for the daughter.

  • luvbailey Dec 31, 4:13 p.m.

    Heart breaking.

  • carolinarox Dec 31, 2:42 p.m.

    18 is an adult, not a girl. keeprightexcepttopass

    Just because one is an adult, their gender doesn't change. I'm over 50 and I'm still a girl.

  • Scubagirl Dec 31, 1:33 p.m.

    ""Condolences to the rest of their family for this loss. Hope they find the killer(s) quickly and deal with them as they should be dealt with! Scubagirl"

    Even reading just the headline should allow you to know that the killer is dead. finding him was easy, dealing with him would be a great deal harder.

    piene2"

    ***sigh*** while I realize they do NOT date stamp the headline changes and you do seem somewhat intelligent do you NOT realize that my comment was made BEFORE they sad the dad did it. Are you ALWAYS this contentious? oh wait yes you are.

  • kathy8791 Dec 31, 1:17 p.m.

    What a shame. It makes me wonder if the daughter was about to turn on him. Was there a complete and thorough investigation into the deaths in 2004?

  • piene2 Dec 31, 1:09 p.m.

    "Condolences to the rest of their family for this loss. Hope they find the killer(s) quickly and deal with them as they should be dealt with!

    Scubagirl"

    Even reading just the headline should allow you to know that the killer is dead. finding him was easy, dealing with him would be a great deal harder.

  • marciamal1 Dec 31, 1:00 p.m.

    I agree with djofraliegh - many lunatics out there -

  • Scubagirl Dec 31, 12:43 p.m.

    " had the second wife returned from Texas with his two children whether or not this would be a bigger story, or no story"

    Good point. The news DID say she had a 'bad feeling' and turned around-if so, that 'bad feeling' may have saved her and the other children's lives. Regardless of the whys it's a sad story all the way around and all the way back to the fire.

  • djofraleigh Dec 31, 12:42 p.m.

    We pick at the headline enough and we don't have to face the fact that two people are dead, murdered by the father, one the father. WRAL is good about changing the headline as facts emerge. Someone down at the station is busy all day doing just that.

  • PeaceRH Dec 31, 12:40 p.m.

    If people want to kill themselves that one thing... I have such a hard time understanding why people kill their children and/or spouses as well. Very sad situation here!

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