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Maui man killed son, daughter before shooting himself, Oregon police say

  • THE OREGONIAN/OREGONLIVE

    Police investigated the shooting deaths of three people at the Redwood Creek Apartments in Beaverton, Ore., on Wednesday.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS

    In this Wednesday photo, police investigate the deaths of three people at the Redwood Creek Apartments in Beaverton, Ore. Authorities identified the father as Lakalo Kawika Enfield. The two children were identified as 6-year-old Lakalo Vergara Enfield and his 8-year-old sister, Lehua Elaysea Enfield.

A man and two children with ties to Maui are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in their Oregon apartment Wednesday afternoon.

Police in Beaverton, Ore., said Lakalo Kawika Enfield, 36, shot and killed his two children.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that neighbors heard screams and saw a woman running from her apartment after Beaverton police said Enfield killed his 6-year-old son Lakalo Vergara Enfield and his 8-year-old daughter Lehua Elaysea.

Enfield then shot himself, Beaverton police spokesman Mike Rowe said.

Rowe said Enfield’s 33-year-old wife was in the apartment at the time of the shooting. She heard the shots and saw what had happened before leaving her apartment to get help.

Rowe said Beaverton police did respond to a domestic disturbance at the Enfield home at Redwook Creek Apartments on Sept. 29.

There were no signs of any physical assault and it was a verbal disturbance only and no signs of physical assault, Rowe said.

The husband left to stay in Medford, Ore.

Rowe said police in Oregon are mandated to make an arrest at a domestic call only if there are signs of a physical assault.

The family had come from Maui, but police didn’t know how long they were in Beaverton, Rowe said.

Beaverton detectives are investigating the deaths, along with the Washington County Major Crimes Team.

Sabrina Hayes said she rushed outside to help Liezl Vergara Enfield, Lakalo Kawika Enfield’s wife, after she heard screams. She says Liezl Enfield had blood on her hands.

“My heart dropped. Because I have kids,” Hayes said.

The Enfields had lived in the apartment complex since July.

Beaverton police said Thursday that officers were called to the Enfields’ home last week due to a domestic violence report. Officers responded to a verbal disturbance between the couple, but there were no signs of assault, police said. The husband agreed to leave to stay with a relative, said spokesman Officer Mike Rowe said.

When police arrived at the apartment on Wednesday they believed Lakalo Kawika Enfield and the children were dead. As they backed out of the apartment to preserve evidence and the crime scene, however, Rowe said they heard rustling inside and then a single gunshot.

A tactical negotiation team then entered the unit and confirmed all three people inside were dead.

“They’re in our thoughts and in our hearts,” Beaverton police spokesman Officer Jeremy Shaw said. “As they grieve, we grieve as a community.”

Jennifer Underwood, who lives across the parking lot from the Enfields’ apartment, said she plans to take a personal day at home to process what happened.

“It makes me sad for humanity in general,” she said.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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