HOUSTON - Three teenagers were found dead Tuesday in a home northeast of the city in what police say appears to be a double homicide-suicide.
A family member living next door discovered the three bodies - two women and a man - Tuesday afternoon while "trying to find someone," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a news conference.
The person who owns the house, which is located in a rural area near the Crosby community about 25 miles northeast of Houston, is believed to have been away on a trip, Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said it appears one of the teens killed the other two before they died by suicide, adding that police have not yet confirmed their age. He said the firearm, which appears to be involved, was found at the scene.
Police are working to determine a motive and the connections between the three teens, Gonzalez said, calling the deaths "senseless" and "tragic."
"These are always very charged, very emotionally charged. We understand that," he said. "Our condolences go to their family."
"It's extremely difficult when we're talking about young people," Gonzalez added.
Starring: Associated Press
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or emotional distress, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 is available 24 hours a day with translators speaking about 150 languages. Teenagers can also contact the crisis text line by typing "HOME" to 741741 or access a list of resources on the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide website.
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