According to reports, Yia Xiong sent his five young children downstairs to play before shooting and killing his wife and then turning the pistol on himself.
Friends and neighbours of Yia Xiong, 33, and his wife Ka Lor, 30, who had been married for ten years, said that the terrible crime happened out of the blue.
The night before the disaster, according to Xiong’s brother Chee Nu, Xiong called him.
“We were joking; there’s no voice or change that I would’ve known, that you know what would happen,” Nu told KARE11 news. “The father asked the five kids to go down in the basement, just go play or whatever. The older son heard three gunshots.”
According to the St. Paul police, the kids, who were all under the age of 10, called the police after the rounds were fired.
Currently, the kids are secure with family. The Homicide Unit sent them to St. Paul Survivor Resources and the Midwest Children’s Resource Center as after-care resources, according to the police.
The probe is still going on.