A member of the U.S. Air Force and her two children were the victims of what police believe was a triple murder Saturday in New York, while the woman’s husband has been questioned after being found walking along a highway, CBS New York reports.
Alla Ausheva, 36, was found dead along with her two young sons, ages 2 and 3, sources told the New York Daily News.
A friend of Ausheva who was concerned about her welfare made the discovery around 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the family’s home on Staten Island.
The front door was reportedly wide open and the home was filled with smoke from a small fire.
All three bodies were found in one bedroom, sources told the Daily News. The boys may have been drowned in a tub and moved into the room, while Ausheva had significant head and facial injuries.
“The medical examiner will determine the cause of death,” NYPD Assistant Chief Kenneth Corey said at a news conference. “However, we are treating this as a homicide investigation.”
Police records show officers had responded to the home at least once previously for a domestic incident.
Two-and-a-half hours before the bodies were discovered, Ausheva’s husband and the father of the boys—36-year-old Shane Walker—was found walking along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Walker, who also is in the Air Force, was hospitalized and questioned by police, but no charges have been filed.
Fellow service members pray together after their comrade, a woman, and two children were found dead in their SI home. Sources I.d her as Alla Ausheva. She was honored by President Obama in 2012. Read more @NY1 > https://t.co/8lvtu8jlwB pic.twitter.com/EiY7CKoSYm
— Van Tieu (@Van_Tieu) June 22, 2019
Both Ausheva and Walker were assigned to Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn.
As police were investigating the scene, family members and friends gathered outside and comforted each other. One of Ausheva’s friends told the Daily News that Ausheva was a “beautiful person.”
Neighbor Karen Damatl told CBS New York: “They were innocent children, innocent children. Why did they have to suffer for what was going on in their personal life?”
Ausheva was born in Russia and joined the New York Army National Guard in 2011, serving as a maintenance technician in the 427th Brigade Support Battalion. She was naturalized as a U.S. citizen on July 4, 2012, at a White House ceremony where former President Barack Obama spoke.