Belin Humberto Hernandez and six of his family members were found dead inside a Minnesota home on Saturday. A cause of death has not been determined, but police believe the family was killed while sleeping because of a suspected gas poisoning. The investigation is ongoing.
According to Moorhead Police, officers were called to the 4400 block of 13th Street South in Moorhead shortly after 8 p.m. Relatives of the family had done a welfare check and found their bodies. They called 911 shortly after. Neighbors said that the family hadn’t been seen since Friday.
Police have not confirmed the identities of the four adults and three children who died, but Noticias Digital – Honduras confirmed on their Facebook that the victims were Beline Humberto Hernandez, Elder Noah Hernandez, Breylin Favela Hernandez, Mike Bradley Hernandez, Earliest Mariela, Marleny Door, and Marbeli Hernandez.
It is believed that the seven people included a father, mother, three kids, an aunt, and a niece.
Moorhead police believe the seven deaths were an isolated incident and that there is no threat to the community. There were no signs of violence or forced entry inside the home. Officers informed the public that they are not seeking any suspects at this time.
Local police officers called in members of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to assist with processing the scene. The victims were taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office and are awaiting autopsies. No other information has been released by the police.
Moorhead Mayor Shelly Carlson released a statement after the bodies were found and said, “This is an absolute horrible tragedy, made even more poignant since it is close to the holidays. My heart aches for the family and friends who received this devastating news over the weekend. Our community mourns with them during this heartbreaking time. Please know there is no threat to the community and the Moorhead Police Department, with the assistance from the Moorhead Fire Department, are investigating.”
Neighbors of the family were devastated to hear about the deaths at the Moorhead home. One woman, who did not want to be identified, told KVRR, that her kids loved to play with the two younger Hernandez children in the local park.
Another resident, who didn’t want to be named, said the neighborhood children loved to go over to the Moorhead home and play because the family had a bouncy house.
The children’s schools, S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School and Moorhead High School were notified of the tragic passing, and they are preparing extra counselors to help students with their feelings of loss.
According to the page, which was set up by Nolvia Pinto, “We are asking for donations for the Hernandez/Pinto Family to help cover the funeral costs for Belin, Marleny, Favela, Mike, Nena, Mariela and Elder, they passed away over the weekend. Anything helps and they family will appreciate it. Thank you so much God Bless You all.”
So far, the GoFundMe has raised over $6,000 for the family, with a goal of $50,000.
Moorhead police continue their investigation into the tragic deaths of the Hernandez family. Officers hope that the autopsies will help them understand what happened.