Connie Henriksen Foster is pictured with her children, 10-year-old Layla House and 8 -year-old David House. The three were found dead in their home Monday evening, June 6, 2016, in a suspected murder-suicide. (Facebook)
The south Huntsville woman believed to have killed her two young children before taking her own life was embroiled in a custody fight with their father, who lived around the corner from where the three were found dead Monday.
A family member found Connie Henriksen Foster, 35, and her two children, Layla Leannette House, 10, and 8-year-old David Danger House, dead Monday evening inside their home at 11408 Crestfield Drive, located off of Mountain Gap Road. Police say the scene appeared to be a murder-suicide, but the cause of death for the three could not be immediately determined.
Lt. Stacy Bates, a Huntsville Police spokesman, said there were no obvious signs of injury, like gunshot or stab wounds. Autopsies are needed to determine the cause of death for the mother and children.
More information was anticipated to be made available Tuesday, Bates said.
The vigil for Connie Henriksen Foster, 35, and her two children, Layla and David House, is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Mountain Gap P-8. Their funerals are Friday.
The Huntsville school district released a statement shortly after noon Tuesday on behalf of Mountain Gap P-8, which both children attended.
“Layla was a vibrant, happy-go-lucky girl who was adored by her teachers and friends at Mountain Gap. David was a sweet, caring boy with a gentle spirit who was beloved by his classmates and teachers,” read the statement. “They will be missed and we ask everyone to keep this family and the Mountain Gap school community in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Friends on social media expressed shock at the alleged actions of the woman who, just two days before the bodies were discovered, called her children “(her) world.”