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Turlock Police Stays Mum On Homicide Investigation Into Four Family Members’ Deaths

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TURLOCK (CBS13) — The Turlock Police Department is releasing few details to the media on the death investigation of four family members, but it said the relatives of the victims are aware of the developments in the investigation.

On June 27, the bodies of three men and one woman were found inside their home on Red Oak Court. Turlock Police said the bodies were found in different rooms and there was evidence of arson. Investigators said they are confident the deaths were a murder-suicide.

“So, one of the people that was in that room was the one that unfortunately killed the others,” said Officer Mayra Lewis.

Lewis said the autopsies were finished last Tuesday, but police are waiting on other evidence tests to help piece together what happened inside the house.

Property records list the homeowners as Sarkis and Rozmary Babakhan and their two adult sons. Neighbors said the oldest son was mentally disabled.

Police found the family after a relative called police saying no one had seen or heard from the family.

“So this is not going to be a case forwarded up to the district attorney for any type of prosecution,” said Lewis.

Lewis said detectives are not disclosing the identity of the person they believe is responsible for the killings, nor providing a possible motive.

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