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Fort Hood IDs victims in ‘terrible tragedy’

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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014 4:30 am

Fort Hood officials have released the names of a father and his two children who were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide on post Tuesday morning.

Officials identified the deceased as Rouhad Ahamd Ezzeddine, 43, and his daughters Leila Rouhad Ezzeddine, 9, and Zeinab Rouhad Ezzeddine, 4, in a statement Thursday night. All three were Army dependents.

The three were found dead in the home of Pfc. Carla Santisteban, 33, who is assigned to 15th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. The statement identifies Santisteban as the girls’ mother, and as a solider who recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan.

“This is a terrible tragedy for the mother and families of these children. We are doing everything possible to care for the family in this time of profound grief and loss,” said Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, 1st Cavalry commander.

A post on Santisteban’s Facebook page that reads “In Fort Hood!!!” was posted hours before the three were found, and includes numerous photos of her daughters.

A report in a Lebanese newspaper identified the father’s hometown as Kafra, Lebanon.

Army investigators said the deaths were possibly the result of a “murder-suicide” involving the husband and the two children, but added that it would not make a full determination until the investigation is completed. Investigators were seen Tuesday outside a home on Hughes Street in Pershing Park, an on-post housing subdivision. It is believed to be where the family lived, but officials have not confirmed it.

Services for the two girls will be held on Monday at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. The obituary listed the girls’ birthplace as Miami, Fla.

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