A mother of five killed in Houston while her children slept

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HOUSTON, TX - A blue Dodge Durango found this morning in north Houston is only  a small piece of the puzzle surrounding the death of 24-year-old mother of five, Sandra Carpio.

Carpio was found dead at the Clayton Homes Apartments in the Second Ward.

Police say she was murdered while her children slept. The children are now with family members, and the case is under investigation with little information available at this time.

Meanwhile, authorities in California say a gunman opened fire on a car, killing Denise Chiffon Berry and wounding her 12-year-old son.

Tragic events like these are sure to take a toll on children of any age.  Megan A Mooney, Ph.D. with the DePelchin Children's Center explains how these violent situations can affect a child.

"There can be negative impacts on kids from witnessing terrible and horrible events. anything from nightmares and sleep problems, changes in grades, problems with piers, being really clingy or sad...In the aftermath of really horrible things, still children can have really great productive lives and what that takes is support from the remaining caregivers in their lives...We know that at different ages kids have different reactions to tragic events. In teenagers, we might see problems like increased risk-taking behavior, reckless behavior, fighting, school avoidance, and drug or alcohol use. Those sorts of things. The distinguishing factors are the support systems they have in place after trauma...whether they have caring, stable, loving people around them to help them to make sure that they're safe and if they need additional professional help that`s available to them."

These are tragic circumstances that no child should have to grow up dealing with.

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