Neighbors heartbroken about news of Stone Oak family’s deaths

Couple, 4 children found dead in apparent suicide, police say

Neighbors of a family found dead in the garage of a Stone Oak home say they are shocked and saddened by the news.
Neighbors of a family found dead in the garage of a Stone Oak home say they are shocked and saddened by the news.

SAN ANTONIO – Neighbors of a family found dead in the garage of a Stone Oak home say they are shocked and saddened by the news.

San Antonio police made the discovery Thursday night after a tense all-day situation.

Family of 6 found dead in SUV at home in Stone Oak, San Antonio police say

Police Chief William McManus said officers found the bodies of a man and woman in their mid- to late 30s, along with those of their four children, all between the ages of 11 months and four years old, inside a vehicle in their garage.

“So six dead in the back of the vehicle. Appears to be carbon monoxide,” McManus said in a news conference.

Police had been at the home, located on Red Willow near Wilderness Oak, all day long.

Officers initially were there to check on the family. Once they arrived, McManus said they noticed an odor and found a cryptic note on the door. Police sent in a robot and thought it detected explosives in the home.

A cellphone alert meant to warn people in the immediate area inadvertently went out to a wider area due to a “computer glitch,” according to a fire department spokesman. The alert advised people to evacuate their homes during that investigation.

“That confused everybody. We all thought what’s going on?,” said Don Green, reflecting on Thursday’s events. Green lives in a gated neighborhood, but in a different subdivision from where the family was found.

Home had a cryptic note on the door about bodies being inside.
Home had a cryptic note on the door about bodies being inside.

By Friday morning, the confusion he and others felt had given way to disbelief.

“We were stunned when we heard about that. It’s crazy,” Green said. “I can’t imagine what would cause him to do that.”

What we know about the family of 6 found dead at a home in San Antonio

Police believe for at least one of the family members, the death was a suicide.

“I can’t say much more than that,” McManus said.

Investigators didn’t know much about the family, other than they had ties to the military. McManus said they had moved into the neighborhood in January.

While Rose Coben hadn’t yet met the family, she said she still feels the loss.

“It was just beyond, I can’t even tell you. There’s just not a word,” she said.

Coben stopped to share her feelings Friday morning as she headed to a store to buy prayer candles.

She said she and others in that community are in the process of organizing a candlelight vigil in memory of the family, although she didn’t yet know the date or time for it.

JBSA releases statement on Stone Oak family's deaths
JBSA releases statement on Stone Oak family's deaths

Joint Base San Antonio sent KSAT the following statement regarding the case:

“A U.S. Army soldier assigned to the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade, Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston, was found deceased in his home in San Antonio, June 4. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the deceased. Additional information will be released pending next of kin notification. The case is currently under investigation by the San Antonio Police Department and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.”


About the Authors:

Katrina Webber was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas.

Tim has been a photojournalist and video editor at KSAT since 1998. He came to San Antonio from Lubbock, where he worked in TV and earned his bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. Tim has won a handful of awards and has earned a master's in Strategic Communication and Innovation from Tech as well.