Friend: Navarro County couple had 'problems' before murder-suicide

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by MARIE SAAVEDRA / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 7:09 AM

NAVARRO COUNTY, Texas — Neighbors have only nice things to say about the family that lived in the house where five people were found dead on Sunday.

Guadalupe Ronquillo-Ovalle and her three boys — ages 4, 8, and 10 with partner Israel Alvarez — were often seen coming or going and playing in that big front yard.

"As far as I know, they were great people," said Danny Ransom, who lives down the street.

But family friend Maria Franco told News 8 there were issues at home.

"I just told them to try and fix their problems," she said

Franck fears the couple's relationship took a stormy turn earlier this month on September 11, when Ronquillo-Ovalle went to the boys' school, Rice Elementary, and told an employee to call police because her husband had pushed her.

Alvarez was arrested on a family violence charge, but paid his fine and returned home.

Days later, Franco said the couple confided in her that they needed help.

"I mean, she didn't want to continue with him, but he said he wants to continue with her," Franco said.

Investigators will use that information as they work to confirm who in the home fired the weapon that left two adults and those three little boys dead.

"The thing we do is pray," Ransom said. "That's the only thing that's going to help us, the good Lord and Savior."

E-mail msaavedra@wfaa.com

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