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Denver Shooting: Police say Mayra Perez, 23, shot and killed two of her children, then herself

Mayra Perez was identified by police as the 23-year-old mother who allegedly shot and killed two of her children and wounding another child before taking her own life on Feb. 5, 2013 in their Denver home. Relatives said Perez quarreled with her husband, who left home to calm down. He discovered the bodies when he returned home early next day. Ed Andrieski

Police investigate the scene of a shooting where a woman and two children were found dead and a third child wounded in Denver on Feb. 6, 2013
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(CBS/AP) DENVER - Police on Thursday identified 23-year-old Mayra Perez as the woman who allegedly shot and killed two of her young children before taking her own life in their Denver home earlier this week. A third child survived the attack but remains in critical condition.

The medical examiner's office said Perez's 4-year-old daughter died of multiple gunshot wounds and her son, who was nearly 2, died of a single gunshot wound.

The surviving child, 2-year-old Isabel Perez, was hospitalized in critical condition in a deep coma, said Dr. Claudia Kunrath of Denver Health.

Relatives said that on Tuesday night, Perez quarreled with her husband, who left their home to calm down. He found the bodies when he returned early Wednesday.

"Whatever reason drove her to this, it's going to be in God's hands," the children's uncle Tony Nunez said at a news conference. "He will be the judge of her."

Nunez didn't take questions and said his focus is on prayers for his niece. He thanked community members who have offered support.

Police have not discussed a possible motive. They said no arrests were made, and they weren't searching for any suspects.

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