OAKDALE, Minn. (WCCO) — Authorities say three people were found dead in a residence in Oakdale Thursday afternoon.
Police received a report around 4:12 p.m. regarding the possible deaths at a residence on the 7000 block of 13th Street. When officers arrived, they found three people dead — two women and one man.
A family member of the victims has identified the three as 38-year-old Jaime Vasquez, his wife, 28-year-old Cynthia Ornelas and their adult live-in babysitter Angela Uscanga.
Witnesses at the scene said the 3-year-old boy of Vasquez and Ornelas was home at the time of the incident. The couple’s 6-year-old daughter then came home and found the three dead inside the home.
Both children went to a neighbor’s house, and that’s when police were contacted.
“I consoled the kids. All three of them,” said neighbor Julie Hartman. “I held them because I didn’t know what to do. It was very sad. I held them and they kept saying their mom and dad are dead and they were crying.”
Neighbors said the 3-year-old boy told them “daddy shot mommy.”
“(Ornelas) was really generous. She paid for everything whenever we went out to eat,” said Cesar Zagal, who said Ornelas is his aunt.
Zagal said she and Vasquez had been married for about 10 years. They lived with their three children in the house along with Uscanga.
“It’s really hard and, like, I can’t believe it. She doesn’t deserve this and she was young, so it’s a shame,” said Zagal.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been notified and is on the scene investigating.
Police said there is no public safety concern and the incident was contained to inside the home. They are treating the case as a homicide.