New details in murder-suicide that killed 2 young girls

Published: Jan. 14, 2016 at 2:37 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:19 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - New details have been released in a murder-suicide that occurred just two days before Christmas.

According to police, 37-year-old Levi Parker shot and killed his two daughters, MacKenzie Lee Parker, 8, and Haylee Parker, 5, before turning the gun on himself.

A recently released report states that Parker and the girls' mother were going through a divorce. They were supposed to have a meeting the day after the incident to discuss a parenting plan.

But on the night of Dec. 23, 2015, Parker allegedly called the girls' mother, prompting her to call 911.

She told dispatchers she believed he would harm her daughters.

"It wasn't good," she said of Parker's phone call to the dispatcher. "I can tell whatever he meant by it, it wasn't good."

She said this as she was rushing to his home on Sunrise and Kolb, at the same time police were also dispatched.

By the time both she and police got there, police said it was too late.

Reports stated the mother saw paramedics take away one of her daughters.

One deputy said he found Haylee with a gunshot wound to the head. She was lying on a bed next to what appeared to be an AK-47-type rifle.

She later died at the hospital. MacKenzie died at the scene.

Parker died at the hospital the following day.

The report states that although the mother said she was not concerned for her daughters' safety while they were with their father, they did not want to go to their dad's house the night that they were killed.

A memorial for the girls shortly after the incident drew hundreds of friends, family members and even strangers who paid their respects.

Counselors were brought to the girls' school to help parents and students cope during winter break.

The family of the girls is getting help from the group Homicide Survivors.

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