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12-year-old finds mother, father dead in murder-suicide

Police investigate possible shooting (Photo: KABB/WOAI)
Police investigate possible shooting (Photo: KABB/WOAI)
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UPDATE: The Bexar County Medical Examiner confirmed the identity of the father is Yasef Ruiz Cortez.


A 12-year-old child found his mother and father dead Thursday morning in an apparent murder-suicide on the city's South Side.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said Aidee Rueda, 33, and her kids did not spend the night in the house due to a dispute she had with her 36-year-old husband. She came by the next morning with a co-worker to pick up her belongings. McManus said Rueda was arguing inside a mobile home with her husband while her four children -- between 5 and 12 years old -- waited outside in the car.

A short time later, McManus said the 12-year-old went inside the home along South Zarzamora Street near West Ansley Boulevard to find his parents both dead from gunshot wounds. The husband has not been identified by authorities.

"It was a terrible, terrible scene inside," McManus said. "Nobody should have to witness that. Unfortunately this was the result of a relationship gone bad."

McManus said there were no previous calls to the home. The children told police their parents were "always arguing."

"Unfortunately, this was the result of a relationship gone bad," McManus said.

McManus said if anyone is having issues in a relationship and they fear for their own safety, they should reach out for help from the police or from organizations like the Battered Women’s Shelter before it’s too late.

At this point, police don’t know if the four children have immediate family to take care of them, but the police will be working with local agencies to make sure they get the care they need, including grief counseling.

If you or someone you know is in need of help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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