Who was Ruben Sanchez?
Ruben Sanchez and Ana Guerra were a divorced couple who have been found dead alongside their 18-year-old daughter in an apparent murder-suicide, Arizona police say. Ruben Sanchez, his ex-wife Ana Guerra, 49; and their 18-year-old daughter Amy Sanchez were found dead at a home in Mesa, Arizona.
The couple’s 12-year-old daughter, Andrea Sanchez, was wounded and fled to a neighbors house, where cops were called.
Officials have not revealed who they believe the shooter to be.
How old was Ruben Sanchez?
Ruben Sanchez was 51 years old at the time of death.
Ruben Sanchez, Ana Guerra Obituary
Detective Brandi George said officers responded to the home in Mesa around 8:30 p.m. Monday after being alerted by a 12-year-old girl who ran to the home of her neighbors, AZ Family reported. Sanchez and Guerra were found lying on the first floor of the home among large amounts of blood.
Their teenage daughter, Amy, was found on the second floor, George said.
All three had gunshot wounds. Investigators found a handgun and ammunition in the house.
‘[This] tragic incident appears to be a case of murder-suicide,’ George said Tuesday.
The girl who ran from the house suffered a gunshot wound to the wrist, George said. A neighbor who called the 911 emergency line said they grabbed the girl as she approached their home in the suburb about 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Phoenix, the state capital.
‘We pulled her into our front porch, sat her down because she was bleeding really good,’ the neighbor said. ‘And then we heard a gunshot, so we grabbed her, pulled her inside the house… continued to stay on [with] 911.’
Ruben Sanchez Arizona
The events leading up to the shooting were unclear and detectives have not yet said who they believe fired the gunshots. Marco Sanchez, an uncle of the 12-year-old survivor he identified as Andrea, said the girl is ‘strong.’
‘She’s surrounded by good friends and family and hopefully, we’ll pull her through,’ Sanchez said.
Ruben Sanchez Family
The girl was shot in the arm and likely suffered a concussion. She underwent surgery Tuesday and does not remember what happened, Sanchez said. Sanchez said his brother, Ruben, went through a difficult divorce from Guerra about a year ago, but no one expected violence.
The teenage sisters lived in the Mesa home together, but Sanchez said it was unclear why the parents were at the house at the time.
‘How do you say love your children? How do you say that’ Sanchez said? ‘Love your kids. Think twice.’
Ruben Sanchez GoFundMe
A friend of Andrea established a GoFundMe page to collect donations for the family’s funerals and her friend’s medical expenses.