Arrest Made in Murder of Mother and Her Two Children in Des Moines

Bodies of two children and one adult found in townhome at 1003 Day Street on July 16, 2019. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A Des Moines man is charged with three counts of First Degree Murder for the shooting deaths of a mother and her two children late Tuesday night.

Twenty-nine-year-old Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez, her 11-year-old daughter Grecia Daniela Alvarado-Flores, and her five-year-old son Jose Mejia-Flores were found dead in their home in the 1000 block of Day Street around 11:00 pm Tuesday night.

Police say all three victims had gunshot injuries. Autopsies will be performed to confirm the cause and manner of the deaths.

Thirty-one-year-old Marvin Oswald Esquivel-Lopez has been arrested and charged with their murder.  Police say he shared the home with Flores-Rodriguez and her family but they didn’t have a domestic relationship.

He is being held in the Polk County Jail.

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