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Four Bodies Found in Calif. Home, Including 2 Children

Two children are among the deceased found in the San Bernardino County home after neighbors heard screams

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    A neighborhood is shattered after police say a couple and two children were found dead inside a home in Fontana Monday night. Ted Chen reports from Fontana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

    Relatives discovered the bodies of four family members, including two children with multiple gunshot wounds, inside a Fontana, Calif. home after what appears to be a murder-suicide.

    Police obtained a search warrant overnight and are continuing the investigation Tuesday morning at the home in the 7300 block of Palmetto Avenue. Authorities received a call from a 16-year-old boy who said his family members had been injured or possibly killed in the house, according to Fontana police Sgt. Doug Imhof.

    "We located four bodies, two children, a female about 12 years old, a male about 10 years old, a female victim adult 35 to 40 (years old) and a male about the same age," Imhof said. "It appears as though they all lived there."

    The victims were identified as 38 year-old Ramon Miranda, 34 year-old Silvia Miranda, 10 year-old Rayna Miranda, and 12 year-old Ramon Miranda Jr., according to the San Bernardino County Coroner's Office.

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    Family members at the scene said the four bodies were that of a family, including a father, mother and two children. Police said more than one weapon was found inside the home.

    Silvia, Rayna and Ramon Jr. suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to police. The man, Ramon Miranda, suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, police said.

    Police have not confirmed that the case is a murder-suicide.

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    Neighbors said they heard screaming, and possible gunshots around 10 p.m. Neighbors said the discovery is shocking and scary, especially in such a quiet neighborhood.

    Neighbor Amy Harris' son was friends with the slain children.

    "I'm heartbroken," said Harris. "To see the look on his face... he's being brave, right now, but I know that it's really affecting him."

    Fontana is about 50 miles east of downtown LA in San Bernardino County.