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A father, 34, kills his two children, 7 and 6, and himself in a horrific murder-suicide using a rifle that was horrifyingly found on his lap.


An Arizona father killed his two young children and himself in a horrific murder-suicide in the middle of a divorce battle.

Brock Mater, 34, his seven-year-old son and six-year-old daughter were found shot to death in their home in the Phoenix suburb of Surprise on Monday.

Police said they found the murder weapon — a rifle — across the father’s lap.

Mater was undergoing mental health treatment before the murders, KTAR News reported.

Officials were alerted by the children’s mother, Hope Mater, who became concerned after receiving a call from their school that they had not turned up.

Brock Mater, 34, his son, 7, and daughter, 6, were found shot to death Monday in their home in Surprise, a suburb of Phoenix.

Hope tried to knock on the door of the house several times with no response. She called the police after noticing Matero’s car in the driveway.

The couple was divorcing and the children were visiting Matera at the weekend.

Mater’s sister, Larissa Mater, asked for prayers for her family in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

The couple was divorcing and the children were visiting Matera at the weekend

The couple was divorcing and the children were visiting Matera at the weekend

Hope tried to knock on the door of the house several times with no response.  She called the police after noticing Matero's car in the driveway

Hope tried to knock on the door of the house several times with no response. She called the police after noticing Matero’s car in the driveway

She wrote: “Please pray for my family and Hope Mater. My brother Brock Mater and his children will be mourned and missed.’

Hope filed a protective order against her estranged husband last fall, arguing that he was abusive to her and threatened to kill himself after she filed for divorce, according to Fox 10 .

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In the petition, Hope mentioned that Mater owned guns and asked that they be prohibited from possessing firearms.

Hope filed a protective order against her estranged husband last fall, arguing he was abusive to her and threatened to kill himself after she filed for divorce.

Hope filed a protective order against her estranged husband last fall, arguing he was abusive to her and threatened to kill himself after she filed for divorce.

Hope also said that Mater was ‘talking about demons and cults and was very upset and scared’.

A week after she filed, Mater took the children from school and took them to a hotel without informing their mother, pursuant to the divorce petition.

Mater then called the police and said he had committed suicide and murder, and was taken to a psychiatric hospital.

Hope filed for the protection order to be lifted on May 1 as the divorce was almost final.



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