Deaths of 6 appear to be murder-suicide
Children's uncle escaped, 911 recording reveals
Posted: June 12, 2007
Evidence at the scene of a grisly slaying in Delavan suggests that the deaths of six people, including twin baby boys,
was a murder-suicide involving the children's parents, authorities said Monday afternoon.
Investigators were still waiting Monday for findings from autopsies, DNA evidence
and ballistics testing, and while officials have not ruled anything out, it appears five people were gunned down Saturday
night before their killer committed suicide.
The Delavan Police Department, state Department of Justice and Walworth County district attorney's office did not release
details of the crime, didn't discuss a motive and did not reveal what kind of firearm was used in the slayings.
The dead were identified as Nicole Marie McAffee, 19; her twin infant sons, Argenis and Isaiah Analco; her sister, Ashley
Lynn Huerta, 21; and Huerta's friend Vanessa Iverson, 19. All are believed to have been shot by Amborosio Analco, 23, who
apparently then took his own life.
Analco was McAffee's ex-boyfriend, police said. Court records identify him as the father of the twins, who were born Dec.
12, and a 1 1/2 -year-old girl, Jasmine, who was also shot but survived.
Analco's cousin, Marco Pastrana, said Sunday that Analco had been at his house with the three children Saturday night and
left about 9 p.m. to return them to their mother.
Neighbors reported hearing gunshots, or what some thought were firecrackers, around 10:30 p.m. in the home in the 300 block
of S. 2nd St. Police sent to the scene found the dead inside the home.
Jasmine Analco, who turns 2 in October, was discovered in a nearby van, critically wounded from a gunshot to the chest.
She was taken to University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, where she was in good condition Monday, said Delavan Police
Chief Timothy O'Neill.
On a 911 recording released Monday afternoon, Gaspar Huerta, 27, who lived in the home with his wife and McAffee, tells
a dispatcher that he escaped by the roof when Analco turned up and "started shooting everybody."
At a short news briefing authorities held Monday in a Delavan Common Council conference room, Several relatives of the
victims gathered to hear the scant information. Afterward, an aunt of McAffee and Huerta said her family was devastated.
"The pain is overwhelming," said Karen "Dee Dee" Sittler, who lives in Elkhorn. "This will leave a huge void in our lives.
It is overwhelming to lose four family members in one night."
Gaspar Huerta's older brother, Victor, said Monday afternoon that his brother jumped out a window when he heard gunshots.
Investigators were searching the roof of the duplex Monday for evidence.
"He's been crying a lot, and he's very depressed," Victor Huerta said of his brother.
Victor Huerta, 34, said McAffee and Ashley Huerta told him Saturday night that Analco had threatened McAffee and told her
that if he caught her with another man he would kill her and their children. Victor Huerta said Analco had previously threatened
McAffee, and the sisters were worried because Analco had a gun.
Those touched by the tragedy added Monday morning to an impromptu memorial around a tree in front of the house with wreaths,
stuffed animals, photos of Iverson and signs.
On Iverson's MySpace.com page, she wrote that she was the proud parent of a "beautiful little girl and handsome little
boy" who enjoyed spending time with her children, singing, shooting pool and hanging out with her friends and family. She
was visiting Huerta when she was shot to death, her mother, Kay Macara, said Sunday.
The two-story house where the killings occurred is in a quiet neighborhood only two blocks from the police department in
Delavan, a city of about 8,000 in central Walworth County about 40 miles southwest of Milwaukee. McAffee lived in the house
with her children, her sister and her husband.
According to online Wisconsin court records, Analco had only minor brushes with law enforcement, including tickets for
speeding in 2002, driving with a suspended license in 2005 and driving without a valid license in 2006. In 2005 he was the
subject of a child support action McAffee initiated in Walworth County.
In that case, a judge ordered but stayed a six-month jail sentence for Analco on March 16 for failing to pay child support.
He was ordered to pay $442 per month for all three children but owed about $4,100 in birth expenses for Jasmine, according
to court records.
Analco's first name is spelled three ways in court records: Ambrosio, Argenis and Aguenis. Walworth County District Attorney
Phil Koss said Analco, who was born in Mexico, had a Social Security card, but Koss did not know if he was a U.S. citizen.
The slayings and suicide fit the profile of what the Washington, D.C.-based Violence Policy Center calls a "family annihilator"
- someone who kills his wife or girlfriend and children as well as other family members before killing himself.
A study of reported murder-suicides in 2005 by the Violence Policy Center showed that 94% of the offenders were male and
92% involved a firearm, while three-quarters of murder-suicides occur in the home. The center estimates that 1,200 people
are killed each year in murder-suicides.
"Family annihilators" often feel overwhelmed by financial or domestic problems and decide to commit suicide, said Kristen
Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center, "and the thought process is, 'I can't leave my family, they're better
off dead with me.' "
"A lot of times it might not appear to neighbors or other family members that the stress would be that great," Rand added.
"Oftentimes people say, 'Oh, I can't believe this would happen.' But it's how that person perceives the problem."