Michelle Southern reporting.
Authorities are still trying to figure out why a mother in Eunice may have shot and killed her two daughters before setting their house on fire then turning the gun on herself. The mother is identified as 39-year-old Carla Watford and her two deceased daughters are 16-year-old Julia Watford and 9-year-old Tayla Watford.
"The mother committed murder by using a handgun in causing the death of these two children," says State Fire Marshal Butch Browning. "She set a fire in the home then caused her own death."
Browning says they recovered the weapon they believe was used in the murder suicide and also chemical accelerant that was used to set the fire.
Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot said the family wants the public to know that Carla Watford was a good person, and what lead her to do this we may never know.
"She was the mother of two children that she loved very much. These children were good girls who had a future in this community," said Fontenot.
Browning says investigators have learned the fire started near the master bedroom, and they also found a note believed to have been written by Carla Watford.
"We are ready to say that this is an intentionally set fire and was a murder-suicide," said Browning.