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Memorial Day father, daughter murder-suicide: 8-year-old girl calls police

Valerie Alvarez (left) 33, in critical condition, and Jennifer Kimble (right) 37, dead after father shoots them both before turning gun on himself. Screen shot via CBS News.
Valerie Alvarez (left) 33, in critical condition, and Jennifer Kimble (right) 37, dead after father shoots them both before turning gun on himself. Screen shot via CBS News.

A Vietnam Veteran shot his two adult daughters on Memorial Day, killing one and critically wounding the other before fatally turning the gun on himself inside their home in Central California.

Jennifer Kimble, 37, is believed to have died almost immediately. Her three children were in the house at the time of the shooting, but were not harmed. Kimble’s 8-year-old daughter called police after the shooting, informing the police that her Grandfather shot her mom.

Kimble’s sister, Valerie Alvarez, 33, was medi-flighted to a nearby hospital where she underwent surgery to stabilize her. Valerie is expected to recover.

Kimble reportedly moved into the home where her sister Valerie ¬†and her father lived, after the sister’s mother died, in order to care for Valerie, who is disabled.

The women’s father, Anthony Alvarez, 63, was found by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, dead by self inflicted gun shot wound.

Kimble’s three children, including an 11-year-old and 13-year-old boy, were reunited with their father after the slaying, who was at work at the time of the shootings.

One neighbor said that Kimble was a good mother, always taking her kids to sporting events and spending all her spare time with them.

Anthony Alvarez was a decorated war hero who received the purple heart after he served as a Marine in Vietnam.

Police have not said what triggered the attack nor what Alvarez’ motive may have been.