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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – There are ties between the shooting deaths of six people in a suburban Houston home and San Diego County.

Ronald Lee Haskell is accused of killing four children and their parents after forcing his way into their home. Haskell is from Escondido. The parents were from San Marcos.

Stephen and Katie Stay are remembered as loving parents who grew up in San Marcos. They were raising their five children in Texas when tragedy struck.

"These were great, great kids, raised in a great family, and it's just a real shame," Stay family friend Kathleen Hofer said.

On Wednesday, authorities say this man Haskell went into the family’s home in suburban Houston and killed nearly all of them. Texas authorities say Haskell targeted the family because Katie was his ex-wife’s sister.

The 33-year-old Escondido native allegedly posed as a FedEx worker asking where he could find his ex-wife. He’s accused of then forcing himself into the home, tying up the children, waiting for their parents to arrive and then shooting them all execution-style.

Six people were found dead in the house, and only the oldest daughter survived. She called police, who were able to surround Haskell before he reached more of his ex-wife’s relatives.

"Their faith is carrying through this and of course I'm sure they're in a great state of shock. I've been on the phone with them several times today, and they're dealing with this as best as they can," Hofer said.

Haskell has a history of violence in Utah, and recently in San Marcos. On July 3, his mother filed a restraining order against him after he reportedly choked her for talking to his ex-wife.

His divorce was finalized in Utah in February following several run-ins with police over domestic abuse allegations dating back to 2008.

A chilling Facebook post attributed to his ex-wife on Wednesday claims that Haskell had "followed through on his threats."

For those who knew both Haskell and the Stay family before the massacre, they’re not sure when the wounds will heal.

"There are multiple victims here and we need to pray for all the families involved – the ones who've lost loved ones and the ones who have been involved in other ways. They need our prayers and our love and support," Hofer said.

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