‘Horrible, horrible scene’: Child finds parents dead in South Side mobile home after argument

SAPD: Man killed wife, then himself, while children were waiting outside

Police were called to a mobile home park in the 8600 block of S. Zarzamora Street at about 8 a.m. for a shooting and found a 36-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman inside a home dead from gunshot wounds.
Police were called to a mobile home park in the 8600 block of S. Zarzamora Street at about 8 a.m. for a shooting and found a 36-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman inside a home dead from gunshot wounds.

SAN ANTONIOUPDATE: The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man who killed himself in a murder-suicide as Yasef Ruiz Cortez, 36.

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A 12-year-old boy found his parents dead Thursday morning and San Antonio police are calling it a murder-suicide.

Police were called to a mobile home park in the 8600 block of S. Zarzamora Street at about 8 a.m. for a shooting and found a 36-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman inside a home dead from gunshot wounds. The medical examiner identified the woman as Aidee Rueda.

San Antonio police are at the scene of a reported fatal shooting on the South Side early Thursday morning.
San Antonio police are at the scene of a reported fatal shooting on the South Side early Thursday morning.

Police said the couple’s children were waiting outside the home when the shootings occurred.

Police Chief William McManus said the victim and her four children had not stayed at the home Wednesday night. Rueda had a coworker go with her to the home Thursday morning so she could retrieve some of her belongings.

Rueda went inside the home while the coworker stayed in the car with the couple’s four children, who range in age from five to 12 years old.

After some time had passed, the 12-year-old boy went inside the home and found his parents deceased.

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Neighbors placed crosses and candles at the South Side home in which the bodies of a man and woman were found by their 12-year-old son Thursday morning.
Neighbors placed crosses and candles at the South Side home in which the bodies of a man and woman were found by their 12-year-old son Thursday morning.

“For anybody to walk in and see that especially a child is horrifying. I’m not even going to describe it but it was a horrible, horrible scene and no one should have to witness that, especially a child,” McManus said.

McManus said they had never been called to the home before but the children told officers that their parents fought often.

“A husband resorted to murdering his spouse and then killing himself over whatever issues they had,” McManus said.

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The children were taken to police headquarters. McManus said counseling services would be provided.

McManus urged anyone who may be in a volatile relationship to reach out for help.

“There’s a lot of help out there for anyone who wants to leave an abusive relationship. A lot of help,” McManus said.

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