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Emotional candlelight vigil for two teens allegedly killed by father

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CHULA VISTA (CNS/CBS 8) - More than a hundred classmates and other friends gathered for a candelight vigil Tuesday evening to remember 13-year-old Kyle and 15-year-old Sean Fuchs, brothers who police say were shot to death by their father in their Bonita home.

"It was shocking," said one friend, Seth Calvert. "I woke up this morning, watching the news and heard. I just couldn't believe it. I started out in tears."

Crews extinguishing a suspected arson fire that engulfed a South Bay home early Tuesday found the bodies of a man and his two teenage sons, who apparently died in a murder-suicide.

"He was a normal guy... normal dad taking us home," said Sienna Samson, a friend of Sean Fuch's who carpooled with the boys' father. "It never would occur to me that something like this would happen."

The blaze in the 3600 Bonita Verde Drive in Chula Vista was reported shortly after 1:30 a.m., according to police.

While dousing the flames, firefighters found a dead man in a hallway and the bodies of two boys in separate bedrooms, Lt. Lon Turner said. All three appeared to have been fatally shot, and investigators found notes suggesting the deaths were a case of murder-suicide and that the home had been intentionally burned down, the lieutenant said.

Authorities confirmed the victims as 49-year-old Thomas Fuchs and his two sons, Kyle and Sean.

At Tuesday's vigil, loved ones of both Sean and Kyle could not contain their emotions.

"Kyle...is super-nice and really smart," said one friend, Krystle Torres. "I never expected this to happen."

Friends described Sean, the older brother, as reserved but with a sharp sense of humor.

"(Sean) was known as the cool shy guy," said Jessica Nedina. "He was such a wonderful kid and he made everyone laugh."

"They don't deserve this," said another friend, speaking at Tuesday's vigil. "That's all I can say: they don't deserve this."

Thomas Fuchs was divorced, was in danger of losing his home and was in a dispute with his ex-wife over custody of their sons.


CHULA VISTA (CNS/CBS 8) - A triple homicide investigation was launched early Tuesday after firefighters discovered three bodies inside a burned-out home in Chula Vista, police said.

Firefighters were called to put out the blaze at 3641 Bonita Verde Drive at 1:37 a.m., according to a San Diego fire-rescue dispatcher. Flames were knocked down by about 2 a.m., she said.

Once inside, firefighters found the body of a man in one room and the bodies of two teenage boys in another room, Chula Vista police said. All three victims were believed to be residents of the home. 

According to one neighbor, the residents who lived there were a father and his two teenage sons.  The man had apparently recently separated from his wife.

Police said the three bodies have injuries that the fire did not cause and they "appear to have died of suspicious causes."

Their names and ages and causes of death were not immediately released.

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