Police in Crowley, Texas, said four people were found dead inside a home Sunday, leaving a 9-year-old boy as the lone survivor.
Crowley Police Chief Luis Soler said the 9-year-old boy called a relative in reference to a male who attempted suicide in the 200 block of Kennedy Drive. The relative called then called police at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday.
“Initially the 9-year-old was at the residence when all this went down,” said Soler. "That child is fine and in protective custody with us. We’re talking with the child and doing forensic evidence to determine what exactly happened, because, at this point, it seems he was the only witness.”
When officers arrived, they found a man, two women and a child dead. The names of the deceased have not been released. The department would not give the exact age of the child that was killed.
Police believe all five people, including the surviving child, lived in the home.
Crowley police officer C.J. Perry said in a statement that they released the 9-year-old to family members.
Friends of the victims dropped flowers off by the front door on Monday and put them on cars in the driveway. A girl in sixth grade who said she was friends with the youngest victim, left a note at the front door.
“I said I wish I could just see your smile again, see your crazy laugh. I felt so depressed because she was really there for me and I was there for her,” said friend Jimena Cruz.
The girl's father was with her.
“They always sit together in class now. Who is going to sit with her now? It is very hard for me to explain to her, but as a parent it is my duty to do it,” said Juan Cruz.
Soler said the situation at the home is not related to the arrest of a murder suspect on Dec. 19.
Officers stressed there is not an immediate danger to the community.
The department said anyone with information on this case should call 817-297-2276.
NBC 5's Julie Fine contributed to this report.