Police suspect two children were killed by their father in a motel room Tuesday.
A maintenance man working at National City’s Paradise Motel was approached by a woman looking for her children at around 9 a.m. The worried mother said she had received a phone call from the father of her children saying he was going to commit suicide. She asked the maintenance worker, Fernando Ayon, if he had seen a man two children, a teenaged boy and a younger girl.
Ayon said the mother told him she did not call the authorities because she did not want to frighten the children, however, she ultimately made the call, asking for an urgent welfare check at the motel.
At around 10 p.m., the bodies of 39-year-old Maurillo Jaimes Soto, his 16-year-old son, Marco “Tony” Jaimes, and 11-year-old daughter, Maria Angelica Jaimes, were found in one of the motel’s rooms.
Police believe Soto killed his children while they slept before turning the gun on himself. The children were found in bed, and a gun was found next to Soto on the floor.
Investigators say they do not know the motive for the apparent double murder-suicide and a note was not left.
No one in the area reported hearing gun shots coming from the room and the bodies had been in the room less than 24 hours.
Tony was going to be a junior at Mission Bay High School once school resumed in August, while Maria would have entered seventh grade at Pacific Beach Middle School.