Image of the Lupoe home courtesy of AP
A California man apparently upset over difficulties at his employer fatally shot his wife, his five children, and then himself at their Wilmington home today. CNN reported that a suicide letter found at the scene was signed by a man named Ervin Anthony Lupoe.
A revolver was found next to the dead man, and police said he was found in a second-story bedroom with his three daughters, 5-year-old twin girls and an 8-year-old girl. The two boys - 2-year old twins - were found with their mother in a different bedroom.
Lupoe wrote that he and his wife - who worked with him at - filed work grievances, but that their situation remained unchanged. Two days later the husband and wife were fired, according to local television station KABC.
"They did nothing to the manager who started such and did not attempt to assist us in the matter, knowing we have no job and five children under 8 years old with no place to go. So here we are," Lupoe wrote.
At the bottom of his note, Lupoe added: "Oh lord, my God, is there no hope for a widow's son?"
Picture of Lupoe family from their Facebook page
Wilmington is a middle class neighborhood in Los Angeles that is located north of Long Beach and the region's major port facilities. While the area is heavily industrial, the Lupoes lived in a fairly affluent subdivision. In the recent housing implosion, though, property values have fallen by approximately one-third, and houses that once sold for a half-million dollars now fetch something in the neighborhood of $300K. I am still digging into the Los Angeles County Assessor website for Ervin A. Lupoe, but as yet I have no specific home information.
I know all too well the struggles associated with financial insecurity and employment problems, but I simply cannot comprehend how someone could kill their spouse and children. I pray that my life circumstances and mental health never deteriorate to the point where mass killing would seem like anything but unspeakable horror.
What a shocking crime: I am at a loss for words to describe the sickening feeling in my stomach as I follow this horror.