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1 Adult, 2 Kids Found Dead At National City Motel

Homicide detectives are on scene at a motel in National City after the bodies of one adult and two older children were found along with a handgun.

According to police, the bodies were found around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Paradise Motel on National City Boulevard.

A female relative called police and asked for them to conduct a welfare check at the motel.


An 11-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy are among the dead along with an adult male with what police believe to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police say they are investigating this as a murder-suicide and believe all three are related.

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