Father Kills Daughters in Murder-Suicide Months After Mom Got Protective Order


Jerad Joseph Arismendez fatally shot his two young daughters this weekend before killing himself, according to authorities. 

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The girls' mother and Arismendez's ex-wife Carmen Arismendez got a protective order against Jerad, accusing him of repeated harassment and violence. 

Phoenix police discovered the scene after Carmen called them asking to check on her daughters on Sunday night. Shortly before her call, Jerad's neighbor called police to report the sound of gunshots. While the two girls lived with their mother, they were visiting their father for the weekend. Officers found Jerad and his five-year-old daughter, Audrey, dead in the house. Ariah, 4, was taken to the local hospital where she died from gun injuries.

"This is the hardest thing I'd ever had to do," said Maira Garcia, one of the girls' relatives, on a GoFundMe page set up to pay for the funeral expenses. "They were victims of a tragic incident and we will miss them so much. They were the happiest little girls I know so full of life and happiness and adventure."

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You can find their GoFundMe page here.

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