Thanksgiving Murder-Suicide: Father Slit Throats Of Wife, Two Toddler Sons Before Overdosing On Drugs

Mata Family

A horrific murder-suicide took place in a Louisiana home over the Thanksgiving weekend. Police say that 46-year-old David Mata killed his wife, 40-year-old Kelli Mata, and their two toddler sons, Liam, 2, and Caden, 4, by slitting their throats with a knife. After killing his family, David then overdosed on drugs. Meanwhile, Kelli’s 18-year-old daughter was on a hunting trip, who returned to find the gruesome murder scene and fled the home before calling 911.

The Daily Mail reports that police have identified David Mata as the killer in the murder-suicide plot that left four dead, including two toddlers. Police initially reported that three of the family members had been stabbed to death, but did not disclose the fourth victim’s cause-of-death. The police noted that the scene appeared to be a murder-suicide, but would not disclose which parent was responsible for the deaths. However, new information out of Marrero, Louisiana, suggests that the father, David Mata, killed his wife and two young sons before killing himself.

The first reports about the horrifying Thanksgiving weekend murder-suicide indicated that the Mata family had only lived in Marrero, Louisiana, for a brief period of time. The family moved into the residence just six months ago and during that time, there were no known domestic disturbances. From the outside, the family appeared to be picture perfect. Facebook photos show the family enjoying Halloween together dressed as minions and numerous happy selfies. However, it seems the photos were hiding a dark truth.

Kelli and David Mata
Mata boys murdered by parent

The new information released by the police suggests that David tucked the boys into bed, surrounding them by stuffed animals, before slitting their throats. Kelli’s throat was also slit, and her body was found in front of the living room television. There were no defensive marks found on Kelli’s body, with police noting that it appears the mother was knocked unconscious before having her throat slit.

Mata family prayer vigil

“Absolutely heart broken … Never experienced something like this and not sure how to handle the news! I can’t even comprehend what happen to those poor sweet beautiful babies and my sweet friend. RIP”

The man who rented the home to the Mata family says they always paid their rent on time and that they were a “picture-perfect family.” The landlord noted that Kelli was a homemaker while David worked as a mechanic at a local car dealership.

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