Small Calif. tribe prepares to bury 5 from rampage

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Updated: 12/11/2012 3:08 pm

PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A California Indian tribe says it will hold candlelight vigils for the rest of the week to honor five family members who were slain over the weekend.

Tule River Indian Reservation Tribal Chairman Neil Peyron called the killings "one of the most horrific losses" ever faced by the tribe that teaches its members that love for family is above all.

Authorities suspect Hector Celaya killed his 8-year-old daughter Alyssa Celaya, his mother, her two brothers, and wounded his young son and daughter on Saturday. Hours later Celaya was shot by police and died at a hospital.

Six-year-old Andrew Celaya remained hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday. Five-year-old Linea Celaya was in serious condition.

No motive has been established, though police said Hector Celaya had been involved in custody disputes with the mother of his children.

 

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