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Man, 4 young children found dead in car in Nagano Prefecture


Police in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, are investigating the deaths of a man in his 40s and four children (one boy and three girls) as a murder-suicide after their bodies were found in a station wagon on Sunday.

According to police, a woman called 119 at around 11:25 a.m. about an unconscious person in a station wagon parked on the premises of a vacant house, Kyodo News reported. Police said the woman who made the report is a relative of the man, and she was looking for him when she found the vehicle.

When the police and the fire department arrived at the scene, they discovered the bodies inside the station wagon. The five deceased individuals are reportedly family members. The four children were all under the age of 10.

Moreover, the house where the vehicle was parked is said to belong to the family.

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RIP.....so sad.

What a horrible job the first responders have at times. Much respect to them.

Hope the children go to a better place.

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How sad that four young children were killed by their father

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A tragedy.

10 ( +18 / -8 )

Anybody having sympathy for the murderer father and not the innocent children is heartless.

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I fear it is another man-child who decided to spite his wife by murdering THEIR kids.

4 ( +11 / -7 )

FFS! What an appalling thing to do.

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If anyone feels this level of despair, please reach out for help. To social services, help lines, and people in your community. There are many good people out there. You are not on your own.

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To kill yourself, fair enough, but to murder 4 innocent children beforehand is totally off the scale - what demons must have been preying on his mind to commit such a barbaric and heinous crime ?

I can't imagine the torment his wife and the rest of the families must be going through.

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This is shocking. Any news of their mother? Poor children, RIP. I understand the stress and difficulty the man might have experienced but killing 4 children is just not acceptable for any reason. He should have asked helped from government. At worst case scenario if everything really failed, he could have just suicide himself. Many children grow up fine without their family and there are many successful people who weren’t raised by their parents.

it isn’t necessary to kill children. They should be left to their destiny and should be given a chance in life.

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I am especially astonished by the lack of national importance given to this very sad story.

Killing a child is so appalling and against nature in all sense.

Killing his own child is even worse

Killing 4 of your children is like a local genocide.

4 children less in Japan is like making disappear more than 1/200 000th of children born this year in Japan...

Japan, wake up of your nightmare !

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I can't imagine the torment his wife and the rest of the families must be going through.

The female family member who discovered the bodies was the mother.

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I know it was the mother who discovered the bodies - I still can't imagine the torment that she and the rest of the families must be going through.

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I can't imagine what the mother must be going through.

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Selfish mongrel! How could anyone other than a self centred narcissist harm a hair on their child's head! Poor kids

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I suspect the children may not be his children. Can jt please report the full story on what was happening in their lives? This is a very serious horrible crime should not be repeated ever again. If there are others involved in any wrong doing should be exposed and punished by law.

There should be nothing left hidden, and pushed under the carpet.

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Nothing was mentioned about the mother/wife (ex-wife) in the story. RIP kids. They were the innocent ones in this. Were the children his, the wife's, someone else's children, etc. Any bystanders who knew of the diceased? Any leads leadidng up to this tragedy? What about the timing of the respondants?

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