Community holds vigil after murder-suicide tragedy

STRASBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Hundreds gathered at Strasburg Mennonite Church on Wednesday night to offer support following a murder-suicide that left a mother and her two children dead.

Religious leaders organized the vigil just one day after the coroner ruled Carola Arnau’s death a suicide and the deaths of her 10-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son as homicides.

The bodies were found after fire crews were called to a home in the 1400 block of Village Road, in Strasburg Township.

Police say Arnau and her husband Miguel were going through a divorce, but that did not lessen the pain for those who attended Wednesday night’s vigil.

“It’s a hard thing to understand because you have children so young. It is a hard thing to comprehend,” said Carol Heiser, who attended the vigil.

Heiser says Miguel Arnau’s 4-year-old son attended her grandson’s preschool class.

Vigil goers also sang “Happy Birthday” for Arnau’s daughter. She was going to celebrate a birthday this weekend.

“We are a close community and I think it really helped Miguel,” Heiser said.

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