A Guatemalan man charged in the slayings of a mother and her two kids in Iowa was in the US illegally — and had been deported twice, authorities said.
Marvin Oswaldo Esquivel-Lopez, 31, faces charges of first-degree murder in the triple homicide Tuesday night in downtown Des Moines, the Des Moines Register reported.
Esquivel-Lopez, who also goes by the last name Escobar-Orellana, allegedly killed 29-year-old Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez, as well as her two children, 11-year-old Grecia Daniela Alvarado-Flores and 5-year-old Ever Jose Mejia-Flores.
The trio had been living with Esquivel-Lopez in the home where officers discovered their bodies Tuesday night, the news outlet reported.
Investigators don’t believe that Esquivel-Lopez and Flores-Rodriguez were romantically involved — and it’s unclear what the motive was behind the slayings.
“We may never know what the motive was,” Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said. “All we know is there was some sort of dispute between this man and the victim and he ended up, allegedly, shooting three people because of it.”
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the suspect was deported from the US in 2010 and again in 2011.
“He has a prior federal conviction for illegal entry into the United States in 2010,” a spokesperson told the Des Moines Register. “He is not currently in ICE custody.”