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Cooke County: Children found dead in burning car

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A burning car with two bodies inside was found on County Road 417 in northwest Cooke County on May 12, 2019. (KTEN) A burning car with two bodies inside was found on County Road 417 in northwest Cooke County on May 12, 2019. (KTEN)
The body of Mandeep Singh was found near a burning vehicle with two bodies in rural Cooke County. (KTEN) The body of Mandeep Singh was found near a burning vehicle with two bodies in rural Cooke County. (KTEN)

COOKE COUNTY, Texas -- Officials Tuesday said two young children were found dead in a burning vehicle in rural Cooke County on Sunday evening.

Sheriff Terry Gilbert said the victims -- four-year-old Aijit Singh Birring and his three-year-old sister Mehar Kaur Birring -- were the children of 37-year-old Mandeep Singh of Fort Worth, whose body was found nearby.

"Singh appears to have died from a single gunshot wound believed to be self-inflicted," Gilbert said in a written statement. Singh's body was located in a heavily-wooded area.

Investigators said the children were in the back seat of the burning vehicle, which was found in the middle of County Road 417 in a rural section of northwest Cooke County. The sheriff said that the vehicle appears to have been intentionally set ablaze.

Gilbert added that the incident is being investigated as a murder-suicide, but no motive has been established.

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