SAN JOSE, California - An Asian woman and her 2 young sons were found dead inside their apartment in San Jose, California Wednesday in what police are calling a double murder-suicide.
Multiple reports say the father, also of Asian descent, discovered the incident and called for help from their neighbors. Authorities were called to the scene.
The family was initially reported to be from the Philippines, but the San Jose Police confirmed to ABS-CBN News a day after that they were Vietnamese.
The causes of death have yet to be released, but authorities say the boys, aged 4 and 7, had no signs of trauma. It is believed the mother poisoned her children before hanging herself.
Neighbors described the mother as happy and sweet, but they believed she may have suffered from depression after losing her job last year and being the only provider for her family.
A group in the Philippines is dedicated to addressing those who have suicidal tendencies.
The crisis hotlines of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation aim to make these individuals feel that someone is ready to listen to them.
These are their hotline numbers:
(02) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917 558 HOPE (4673)
2919 (toll-free number for all GLOBE and TM subscribers)