Troubled: Officials said Carola Arnau had been receiving mental health treatment

Miguel Arnau, a Christian father who was in the middle of a difficult divorce with his wife, is now clinging to his faith after she fatally shot their two children, the family dog, and set their home on fire in Strasburg Township, Pennsylvania, before fatally shooting herself while he was away at work.

“Of all the things that could be going through his mind, he’s talked only of praise to his Savior and love for his wife and kids — over and over and over again,” Arnau’s pastor, Steve Crutchfield of Victory Church’s Strasburg campus, told Lancaster Online during a prayer vigil for the family on Wednesday.

Authorities discovered the bodies of Arnau’s wife, Carola, their 4-year-old son, Noah, their 10-year-old daughter, Bella, and the family dog at about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday after a fire call was made.

The children were apparently murdered by their mother as they slept. Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said Bella died from multiple gunshot wounds to her head while Noah was shot multiple times in his body. Carola died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to her head, Diamantoni said.

At a press conference Wednesday, Lancaster County District attorney Craig Stedman said police found a handgun near Carola’s body. He said she purchased it the day before the murders.

The couple was going through a difficult divorce with a history of disputes and according to Stedman, the tragedy appears to have been triggered by the ongoing conflict. They are currently looking into evidence on Carola’s mental state.

Stedman said even though Miguel Arnau was living at the home at the time of the murders, he was staying in a detached garage which was found ablaze when first responders arrived on the scene.

A neighbor told Penn Live that when Miguel Arnau arrived at the scene and learned what happened he was “hysterical, he was devastated.”

At the prayer vigil on Wednesday, a fraternity of pastors and scores of community members tried to give him comfort.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair

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