A Florida man who took four children hostage after beating his girlfriend and shooting a police officer apparently killed the kids and himself following a 21-hour standoff, police said. Ciara lost her children Iraya, age 12, Lillia, age 10, Aidan, age 6, and handsome little Dove, age 1-year-old.
The Orlando Sentinel reports two of them were Lindsey's children and two belonged to his girlfriend, who called police Sunday.
Lindsey was found dead in a closet when officers entered the apartment about 9 p.m., more than 21 hours after the standoff started, Mina said at a news conference just before midnight Monday.
Officials in Florida say a medical examiner will determine at what point during a standoff the four children were killed.
The standoff came to an end Monday night when officers breached several windows and saw what appeared to be a dead child, Mina said.
Benenati said the oldest child, a boy named Irayan, loved video games and was an overachiever at school. Two of the children killed Monday are believed to be his, and the other two are believed to be his girlfriend's.
The woman who called the police was the mother of all four of the children, and Lindsey had fathered the two youngest, Orlando police spokeswoman Michelle Guido said in an email. "As a representative of the family, I am assisting the immediate family in putting together this fund for funeral expenses for the four children and helping Ciara get on her feet", the GoFundMe page said. The page can be found here.
Volusia County Jail Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr.
Jackie Robinson said she had lived in the area for five years.
A family in the U.S. has been ripped apart after a father killed his two children and their two half siblings in a suspected murder-suicide after a bloody 20-hour standoff with police. They were allowed to go home early Tuesday.
Neighbours in the Florida apartment complex described Lindsey as both nice and odd. He was a felon now out on probation for arson and other charges, according to law enforcement. Lindsey was the father of Aidan and Dove, he said. "Whenever we'd say, 'Hi". The Medical Examiner's office declined to comment. Lindsey was using a cell phone that only worked with a Wifi connection and sporadically dropped calls, according to police.
In April 2012, the woman - whose name USA TODAY is withholding because of a policy not to publish the names of domestic violence victims - filed a complaint with police after Lindsey battered her and threatened to kill her after an argument about taking Aiden, then seven months old, to the doctor.
Lindsey was sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation, followed by unsupervised probation.
According to police records, Lindsey had been on felony probation at the time of the hostage incident after having pleaded no contest to charges of arson of a dwelling, willful fleeing or eluding law enforcement, and domestic battery, all of which stem from a 2008 incident involving a woman that Lindsey was in a relationship with. "He didn't look like anyone who would cause trouble. These are people who would bring a tres leches, a flan to your house, you know, Heres a cake to eat", Benenati said. "You can't judge a book by its cover".
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