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Police confirm domestic murder-suicide after Hialeah SWAT situation

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HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A SWAT unit descended on a South Florida neighborhood late Sunday night in response to a domestic situation that, officials said, involved a person barricaded inside a home.

Police cruisers and fire trucks filled the 600 block of East 63rd Street in Hialeah, Sunday night, and remained on scene well into Monday morning. A SWAT negotiator was reportedly attempting to communicate in Spanish with the person believed to be inside the home.

When it was all over Monday morning, investigators learned that they were dealing with a domestic murder-suicide. Two bodies were found inside the home Monday morning.

Sebastian Acosta told 7 News that his great niece, Rossana Sabater, a 32-year-old mother of three, was murdered inside the house. Acosta said police told his family that she was stabbed to death by her boyfriend Julian Ovalle. "He killed her with a knife," he said while pointing to his throat. Sebater and Ovalle were together for nine years. The couple's two small children were home at the time along with the victim's 15-year-old daughter.

All of the children were unharmed and are now with family members. Acosta said that the enraged boyfriend told the children to wait outside before he murdered his girlfriend. "He slit his throat," added Acosta.

Neighbors said that the SWAT team and authorities worked for hours to convince the barricaded subject to come outside. "They broke all the windows out, and there was a big explosion and whatever," said one neighbor.

According to authorities, when they first arrived, it appeared that there may have been a fire inside the home. Area residents said they could see smoke billowing from the residence. "Yeah, there was smoke, but I mean, I don't know where it was coming from or how it happened," said Ingrid Figueredo, a woman who lives nearby. "We just saw it. It was in the air, and the smell, but we don't know anything else."

Neighbors and family members became more tense as the night dragged on. The situation intensified when the victim's 15-year-old daughter ran with her two younger siblings down the street to get help from neighbors. The younger children were not told that their parents were dead.

Firefighters put out the fire that was set in the home, but police have not released any more details surrounding this incident. Investigators remain on scene.

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