The bodies of Thomas Fuchs, a life coach and former attorney, and his sons Sean, 15 and Kyle, 13, were discovered in the early hours of yesterday morning when firefighters were called to a blaze at their home in Chula Vista, California.
When the boys' mother arrived at 8am to pick the boys up, her anguished screams were caught on local television cameras. Maria Pe shouted 'no, no, no' as she clutched her stomach before collapsing to the ground.
Shocked friends, neighbours and schoolmates gathered outside the house yesterday as they tried to understand why Fuchs, who had a doctorate in clinical psychology, would kill his own children.
It is understood he was facing financial difficulties as he and his ex-wife battled for custody over the boys, but neighbours described him as 'the perfect father'.
In a school essay written just days before he died his eldest son, Sean, described his father as his 'hero'. Read More
Yesterday's murder-suicide was the third involving families in San Diego County in recent weeks.