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Little Rock police: Man kills 2 children, himself in apparent-murder suicide

By Arkansas Online

This article was originally published August 20, 2017 at 12:11 p.m. Updated August 20, 2017 at 1:19 p.m.

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Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in west Little Rock on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.


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Little Rock police say a man killed two children and then himself in what they believe is a murder-suicide at a west Little Rock home.

The department said on Twitter about 11:30 a.m. that officers were at the scene outside a home in the 11000 block of Birchwood Drive, west of Interstate 430.

Speaking at the scene, Little Rock Police Department Chief Kenton Buckner said officers were called about 11:20 a.m. to a report of a deceased child. Investigators later learned both children, ages 4 and 5, were dead in the house, along with a 39-year-old man who is believed to have killed them, Buckner said.

No names have been released. Buckner said the man appeared to be the father, or have a father-type relationship with the children, though he did not know if the man was the biological father.

The cause of death hasn't been released, and Buckner wouldn't say if a weapon was found in the home. The motive is unclear.

"We do not know that," the chief said, noting that officers had been called to the home before to investigate reports of domestic violence. "But we are unsure what events occurred that resulted in this."

Buckner said cases involving small children are particularly difficult for investigators and the community.

"When you have kids who are incapable of protecting themselves be the victim of something this heinous, it's very, very frustrating," he said.

The killings are the 44th and 45th homicides of the year in Little Rock.

Read Monday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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HarleyOwner says... August 20, 2017 at 12:37 p.m.

Horrible

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arkateacher54 says... August 20, 2017 at 12:50 p.m.

Very sad a man would reach the point where he would do such a terrible thing to his own children.

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rubythecat96gmailcom says... August 20, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

so sad that someone could be that desperate at a time in history when all kind of help is available for the asking. bless the little children.

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LR1955 says... August 20, 2017 at 3:02 p.m.

The young guy that just mowed my lawn is a neighbor. He said there have been domestic problems between this dead man and his wife (he was arrested last week for domestic violence/she has filed for divorce/he was depressed) But nothing to indicate he'd kill his own children.
He'll spend eternity in Hell over this.

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Kharma says... August 20, 2017 at 7:39 p.m.

He certainly knew how to hurt their mother. Very sad.

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mitchstoner says... August 20, 2017 at 9:34 p.m.

Sad. Terrible. Only good thing I can think of in this incident, those children are now in the arms of their Heavenly Father.

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Lifelonglearner says... August 20, 2017 at 10:07 p.m.

More blood on the hands of the NRA and those who worship guns.

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Razrbak says... August 20, 2017 at 10:44 p.m.

The suspect, Robert Mangan, was last arrested on 8/7/17 and has several past and a current domestic violence court case with an active no contact order. Neighbors claim he and wife were outside Friday in a heated argument. A no contact order is only good when the victim is willing to have it enforced. Lots of unanswered questions.

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FreddyBry says... August 21, 2017 at 4:38 a.m.

What a coward.

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LR1955 says... August 21, 2017 at 10:22 a.m.

Hey lifelonglearner, the article says "The cause of death hasn't been released, and Buckner wouldn't say if a weapon was found in the home. The motive is unclear."
So learn to read!

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