Man Kills Two Sons, Self as Punishment to Estranged Wife

Horrifying and sad news out of Boynton Beach as police say a man killed his two youngest sons and then himself as a punishment to their mother.

According to police, Victoria Zavala called police to her home on SW Eighth Ave. about 1:50 a.m. Saturday after her husband, Isidro Zavala, had killed their two sons Eduardo Zavala, 12, and Mario Zavala, 11.

As Zavala strangled one of the boys, Victoria begged him to take her life in their place.

Isidro Zavala, 45, entered his estranged wife's home shortly after midnight and strangled the 12-year-old with a rope. He then strangled and shot his 11-year-old with a .38-caliber pistol. Zavala told his wife she would be spared so she could suffer for the rest of her life.

Zavala then shot himself.

Police say they found evidence that showed Zavala had planned his attack. In addition to the pistol he used, police found a bag with a TEC-9 semi-automatic pistol, extra ammunition, duct tape, cutting shears, and two suicide notes.

"There was no indication there was anything wrong," said Isidro and Victoria's 19-year-old son, Manny.

Manny, who did not live with either parent, says he has yet to see the notes left behind by his father, saying only that the messages on the notes are "very emotional."

"He never laid a hand on my mother, nothing over the top," Manny says.

Victoria is currently staying with family members.

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