BOYNTON BEACH, FL — Police say a man broke into his estranged wife’s home and murdered his two youngest sons as their mother pleaded for him to stop. Before he killed himself, the man told the mother he was letting her live so she would have to suffer the loss of her children.
Victoria Zavala said that at around 2 a.m. Saturday she heard a commotion in her home and went to investigate. In the kitchen she found her husband, 45-year-old Isidro Zavala, dressed in black and strangling one of the couple’s teen sons with a rope.
Victoria begged Isidro to kill her instead, but Isidro told her he wanted her to suffer the loss of her two sons — 12-year-old Eduardo and 11-year-old Mario – before he shot himself once in the chest and then once in the head.
Police responding to Victoria’s call to 911 would find Isidro and his two sons dead at the scene. One child was found on the back patio and the other in the kitchen dining area. Mario had also been shot several times.
Victoria and Isidro had been married for almost 20 years, but Victoria filed for divorce on Oct 5. Isidro moved out of the home the couple purchased in 1999, and moved into a friend’s home nearby. As part of their divorce hearing, the couple were supposed to go to mediation this Tuesday.
Also found at the crime scene was a blue bag containing a Tec 9, extra ammunition, duct tape, cutting shears and a note dated Jan. 31 to the couple’s 19-year-old son who did not live at the home. In the note, Isidro told his oldest son that he was a good son and to take care of himself. Detectives found a second note, dated Jan. 21, at the home where Isidro had been staying, but did not release its contents.
The man Isidro had been staying with said that he last talked to Isidro on Friday, when he declined an invitation to a birthday party, stating he had “something important to do.”Tags: Crime, Divorce, Florida, Isidro Zavala, Murder, Shooting, Strangulation, Suicide