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Family members of murder-suicide victim speak out

EL PASO, Texas – A family member of a murder-suicide victim speaks out days after the incident.

On Tuesday, a 911 call came in regarding a domestic disturbance in a neighborhood in Northeast El Paso.

The call had reported a couple arguing and the sound of gunshots.

El Paso officers found Elena Patricia Constable and Ian Constable dead inside the home. Both were 32 years old.

At the time of the incident, the couple’s four children were home. Their ages are 2, 9, 11 and 13 years.

None of the children were hurt. Investigators believe Ian fired a handgun at Elena and then fatally shot himself.

Oscar Maguregui, a cousin of Elena, said the family continues to process the tragedy.

"It’s still fairly fresh at this point. It has only been three days and so I think that a lot of us are thinking that we are going to wake up and this is all going to be a dream as cliché as that sounds, but it still something that we just don’t believe at this point," Maguregui said.

He said the couple's four children are also still processing the tragic event.

"I don’t think they understand what is going on fully. They are children and you still have to go through the grieving process and it is still early and I don’t think they understand what is going on," Maguregui expressed in an emotional interview.

He said, Elena grew up in El Paso and Chaparral. She was a graduate of Gadsden High School. He described her as a "tough girl" in a house full of boys.

She joined the military four years ago, but had recently become a veteran. Maguregui said she loved this country and wanted to serve to be an example to her children.

After retiring, Elena was planning on dedicating her time fully to her kids.

He said Elena was her children's biggest cheerleader. Her children were actively involved in extracurricular activities like Jiu Jitsu and football.

"She was meant to me a mom, and she loved her kids very much and that was her main job just loving her children," Maguregui added.

He told ABC-7 the main priority for his family is to help the children and move them forward.

According to him, both families will work together to take care of the kids.

“The main focus is helping these four children get back to their sense of normal, to get back to a sense of routine and just to get through this,” he said.

Family members have started a GoFundMe to help out the four children.

“We love Elena very much. I am going to miss her. We were all going to miss her. We are a very tight-knit family and it hurts, but like I said the primary focus is helping the four kids. It’s all we can do at this point,” he said.

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