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Murder-suicide brings back bad memories for Lutz woman

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Daniel Castrillon with children Susana and Sabastian Daniel Castrillon with children Susana and Sabastian

Inside a home on Nodding Shade Drive, the unthinkable happened.

Upset about his wife's recent divorce filing, Daniel Castrillon-Oreggo shot his children, 8-year-old Susana, and 7-year-old Sabastion as they slept.  Then, he took his own life.

With the crime scene tape down, young neighbors stopped by to offer remembrances of their lives.

“It was very sad that somebody would do that to their own children and then themselves, for like, going through a hard time. It's very sad,” said Taylor Meacham.

“It's hard to lose somebody and to lose like part of your family. and they were so young, they still had a long life to live,” said Emily Medley.

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It's a set of circumstances that is terribly familiar to one Bay area woman.

Nine years ago, this December, Patricia Parra-Perez's husband Robert O'Mara flew into a rage, killing his kids, 11-year-old Sean and 12-year-old Lauren.  O'Mara shot her too, before killing himself.

Parra-Perez survived, and after numerous surgeries, is on a crusade to overhaul domestic violence laws.

“If I could, I would have given my life that day for my 2 kids,” she said. “And I'm sure whoever is left without those children right now is a horrific grief journey they got ahead themselves.  It is horrible."

Parra-Perez wants state lawmakers to tighten gun laws, and give domestic violence injunctions more teeth.

She is also on another crusade:  teach domestic violence victims that exes sometimes use children to get back at the spouse.

“Does it matter to them that it's their own kids?  In my case it didn't matter to him.  He cold-blooded [sp] killed our children,” she said.

Parra-Perez has since remarried, and has 2 young children.

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