Robert Hodges, a 33-year-old dad has murdered his three young kids - including his eight-month-old baby - in front of his wife after a violent row, cops have confirmed.
West Sacramento Police Sgt. Roger Kinney said the mother was a domestic violence victim but he couldn't detail how extensive her injuries were.
The children's ages and causes of death haven't been released.
The children's mother, a victim of domestic violence and Hodges' wife, witnessed Hodges kill the children, Kinney said.
"The officers are absolutely impacted, along with the firefighters, and certainly the family, the neighbors", he said.
"It's very hard, especially for the folks who are on scene", he said. "This is going to take not hours, not days, it's going to take a long time to come to grips with what happened there". The father was missing from the apartment, reportedly fleeing the scene.
He has not heard that Hodges has an attorney.
She said she went into the home to check on the children and found all three of them dead.
"In a small town, each of us, whether parents, neighbors, mentors, and just plain citizens, know that protecting our children is our most sacred duty, and the betrayal of that duty in the home is unfathomable and unconscionable", Cabaldon wrote. Before the incident, Scott didn't notice anything abnormal.
"You fall into despair, and to come out here and to see even in darkness there is light. (Their apartment is) so quiet", neighbor Theresa Bustamante told KCRA. "I was in my apartment all the time". Mai Hodges was unable to be there, Menzies said, noting that she is going through great turmoil, but Hodges wished to convey her gratitude for the community's support.
Family members spoke out on behalf of the children's mother who was too devastated to attend the vigil. Grief counselors will be on hand.
A memorial will be held at Southport Elementary School at 7 p.m. on September 14, according to the West Sacramento Mayor, Christopher Cabaldon.
Dealing with what caused such loss, has all of West Sacramento turning to each other and to their respective faiths to cope. West Sacramento was named the Most Livable City in America under 100,000 people in 2014 by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.