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Fannin Elementary staff member killed in apparent murder-suicide

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Published: May. 12, 2020 at 8:27 AM CDT
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Two people are dead after police say a man stabbed a woman, then drove to her home and killed himself, while possibly trying to burn the house down.

Midland Police responded to Fannin Elementary School just before 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday. There they found 44-year-old Iracema Diaz dead from multiple stab wounds.

Midland Independent School District says Diaz was a cafeteria worker at Fannin, there early to hand out breakfasts and lunches.

“It’s very sad,” Eduardo Martinez, a Fannin parent who lives across the street from the school, said. “We’re all a community here. We all know each other. We know the lunch people. We know the janitors. Everybody.”

When police went to Diaz’s home near the corner of Cimmaron and Garfield, they discovered the house was on fire.

Inside, police found the suspect, 38-year-old Yasser Diaz Sanchez, had killed himself.

The knife that police say was used in the murder was found in the suspect’s truck at the house.

The city has not confirmed whether or not the suspect started the fire intentionally.

Neighbors said they were shocked by what happened, but that this wasn’t the first time law enforcement has been called to the house.

“I think we’ve seen police there maybe two or three times,” Lori Mosley said. “Not constant, just periodically. But don’t know any of the details.”

The city has not released what the relationship was between the victim and the suspect, but neighbors said they were married and had kids.

“These poor kids have no parents now,” Mosley said. “It’s shocking. My mind is on that family. It’s just a tragedy.”

Midland ISD says it has made counseling available to its students and staff at (432) 240-1439.

MISD says that there will be no meal pick-ups from the school this week.

Alternate meal pick-up locations can be found

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