Originally published for Dec. 19, 2021
MINNEAPOLS (WCCO) — The seven people who were found dead Saturday night inside a south Moorhead home, including three children, have been identified.
The city of Moorhead identified the victims as:
- Belin Hernandez, age 37
- Marleny Pinto, age 34
- Eldor Hernandez Castillo, age 32
- Mariela Guzman Pinto, age 19
- Breylin Hernandez, age 16
- Mike Hernandez, age 7
- Marbely Hernandez, age 5
The autopsy ruled out an obvious trauma as the cause of death, according to the report. The blood samples from the victims have been transported to a lab for further examination.
The Moorhead Police Department says they responded to the 4400 block of 13th Street South at about 7:50 p.m. Family members called 911 after finding the deceased during a welfare check.
Officials with the Moorhead Fire Department said Saturday that there were no signs of violence or forced entry at the residence. Police are still investigating, but say “there is no known threat to the public.” The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine the causes of death.
The children attended Moorhead High School and Reinertsen Elementary. Grief counselors will be on hand Monday for students in the school district. So said the district’s Brenda Richman:
As a district, our goal is to support students and staff through this difficult time. There are many factors associated with a sudden loss like this and each individual has their own way of processing feelings and emotions. We are putting together the details to have a grief team and counselors available for students and staff support at Moorhead High and SGR throughout the week.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the students’ family. Thank you for supporting your children and their friends as well as our staff through this tremendous loss.