Photo posted on social media shows father with 2 kids under an hour before shooting in Miami Lakes
A selfie, which appears to be taken inside of an SUV, shows a father and his two children posted on social media at 8:36 p.m. Tuesday.
Under an hour later, a 911 call would come into Miami Lakes police about a shooting. Local 10 News confirmed the photo is of Humberto Christian Tovar Zapata, 41, and his two children, Baleria Tovar, 12, and Matias Tovar, 9, who police said were shot by their father Tuesday night in Miami Lakes before he turned the gun on himself.
Miami-Dade police said they responded to the 6400 block of Miami Lakes Drive around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Tovar’s mother told Local 10 News that Christian and his wife were together for 12 years and had separated in August of last year. She said he had suffered from bipolar disorder.
According to police, the ex-husband had picked up his children earlier and their mother then attempted to contact her ex-husband because it was getting late. Police said she was concerned because the children had school, but the man did not respond to her.
Police said the mother found their location and went to the area at the bank of the canal, where she found their bodies.
Miami-Dade police say the investigation is ongoing. A motive remains unclear.