Mother of kids killed by father in Santa Rosa writes heartbreaking letter

 

SANTA ROSA (KRON) — The mother of the two children who were killed by their father in Santa Rosa has written a letter to the public Tuesday.

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputies found the bodies at around 9:50 a.m. Monday in a home on Slater Street while doing a welfare check.

Alvaro Camara, 40, had the kids for Father’s Day and was supposed to drop them back at their mother’s home on Sunday night but he never showed up. Sheriff’s deputies eventually entered the home and found the three dead.

Authorities say the Camara took his own life after killing his two children, a 6-year-old girl and an 18-month-old boy.

The children killed have been identified as Juliana Camara, 6, and her 19-month-old brother Julian Camara.

Autopsies are scheduled for Wednesday, Sgt. Spencer Crum said.

Camara and the children’s mother were married but had been separated for months.

Here is the mother’s letter:

Community of Sonoma County,

I sit here at 7:06 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 swaddled in my daughter’s blanket and drinking tea from a cup that reads “I love you mom,” fighting back the tears and struggling to make sense of this horrific situation. As I hear updates and stories coming out in regards to my children’s identity and pictures of them without my knowledge I am visibly distraught and upset. They are my precious innocent children that were beyond loved by their family, friends and community. I know I am not the only person that is or has gone through this horrific unimaginable situation, so please help me spread stories like this to raise awareness that is much needed to help prevent anything like this happening to another family. I sought help on numerous occasions and said many, many, many times my children were in danger in their father’s care and I didn’t receive the urgent help I needed to save them.

—A mother no longer able to hold her children.

Da Camara was in a custody dispute with his wife, who lives in an unincorporated area of Sonoma County, and was with his children on Father’s Day Sunday, Santa Rosa police Lt. John Cregan said.

The children’s mother went to pick up the children at Da Camara’s apartment in the 700 block of Slater Street on Sunday evening but it appeared he was not home, Crum said.

She called the sheriff’s office and deputies looked in windows, knocked on doors and left a business card at the door, Crum said.

Deputies and the children’s mother were in phone contact overnight and deputies returned to Da Camara’s apartment around 9 a.m. Monday.

The children’s mother and two of her brothers also went to the apartment Monday morning, according to Crum.

A deputy climbed a ladder to enter the apartment by removing a screen on an open bathroom window. The bodies were found in a bedroom and deputies called Santa Rosa police around 9:50 a.m., Crum said.

Da Camara and his wife were in Sonoma County Superior Court on Friday regarding a custody issue, but they came to an agreement, Santa Rosa police Lt. Mike Lazzarini said.

On Friday night, the couple argued over the phone. Juliana was with her father and Julian was with his mother at the time, Lazzarini said.

Prior to the tragic discovery Monday, investigators didn’t “have any information he was a danger to himself or the children,” Lazzarini said. “There was no domestic violence.”

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