NATIONAL CITY (CNS/CBS 8) - Friends are mourning the deaths of a 16-year-old boy and his 11-year-old sister, who were found dead Tuesday at a South Bay motel, where they died in an apparent murder-suicide carried out by their father.
Officers conducting a welfare check at the request of a relative of the children discovered the deaths in the 1400 block of National City Boulevard shortly after 10 a.m., according to police.
Friends tell News8 that 39-year-old Maurillo Jamies-Soto shot the two children before turning the gun on himself. Classmates identified the victims as 16-year-old Tony Jaimes, a sophomore at Mission Bay High School, and 11-year-old Maria Jaimes.
Friends and classmates were posting condolences for Tony Jaimes on his Facebook page Tuesday night.
Police were not looking for any suspects and the motive for the crime was unknown, according to a sergeant.
A distraught woman who identified herself as the children's mother made an emergency call after knocking at the door of their rented room and getting no response, motel custodian Fernando Ayon told reporters.
"She mentioned something about the man (having) called her," Ayon told reporters. "And ... he was saying that he was going to commit suicide, or something like that. She was very concerned for the children."
No one at or near the motel reported hearing gunfire in the hours before the bodies were found.