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Hernando father kills 2 children and self, sheriff says

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Daniel Castrillon and 8-year-old Susana, and 7-year-old Sabastian Daniel Castrillon and 8-year-old Susana, and 7-year-old Sabastian
HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office released information Monday morning about a murder suicide, involving three members of the same family, at 975 Nodding Shade Drive in the Trillium Subdivision in Spring Hill. Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said that 39-year-old Daniel Castrillon shot and killed his 7-year-old son, Sabastian, and 8-year-old daughter, Susana, then killed himself. 

Investigators say Castrillon picked up the children from school Friday  for weekend visitation with him.  He then went to the workplace of the children's mother, Luz Jimenez.  She had filed divorce papers in early October. He got into an argument with her at the workplace. He appeared to cool down and left, according to the sheriff.

 Sheriff Nienhuis said, "On Saturday, the children were supposed to attend a birthday party.  When they did not show up, Jimenez became concerned and drove to Castrillon's home. There was no answer and she was unable to make contact with them."

The sheriff added that on Sunday, Jimenez called the Hernando County Sheriff's department. When deputies responded, they found all three dead inside the home.  A suicide note was found at the scene, according to investigators.

Jose Guerrero and his wife Francina are close friends with the family.  Their children played with Susana and Sabastian regularly.  They came to the crime scene shortly before noon, exchanging hugs and tears.  Jose says he learned what happened when he received a text from the children's mother this morning. "It said, Danny killed himself and my kids with him."  said Guerrerro.  "I cannot believe it. I don't know, I am not here to judge. What state of mind had he been in? I had no idea what was going through is head cause he was a good guy, he would never want to hurt the kids like that."

Sheriff Nienhuis said the children both attended Chocachatti Elementary School in Brooksville. He said there were grief counselors at the school Monday morning.

Detectives continue to investigate the scene.

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