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Miami man kills wife, 2 children and self: police

world Updated: Feb 26, 2009 09:40 IST

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A 53-year-old music teacher has fatally shot his wife and two daughters before killing himself, while his 16-year-old son who survived the attack managed to call police as he escaped uninjured from the Miami home, authorities said.

Police haven't released names, but neighbors identified the family members as Pablo Josue Amador; his 45-year-old wife, Maria; their youngest daughters, Priscila and Rosa; and the escaped son, Javier. They said the couple also had a 19-year-old daughter who attends college.

Sarait Betancourt, a 44-year-old school bus driver who lives near the family, said Amador is a Cuban immigrant who gave piano lessons at a guitar shop and at his home. Betancourt's two sons, ages 9 and 10, had been taking piano lessons from him once a week since 2006.

"He was a marvelous person and a tremendous professor", she said. "People would enter the house, and you just breathed peace."

Betancourt said all four children excelled at piano and performed together at church and home as Los Galileos. Authorities have not confirmed that there is a fourth sibling.

Officers went to the home in southern Miami-Dade County just before 6 am to investigate reports of shots being fired. Police found a gun but didn't say what type or how many shots were believed fired.