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    ---Anyone watch CSI last night? Grissom's speach at the end of the show fits today's society---

    Adults, children found dead in gruesome highway shootings
    PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida (CNN) -- Four people, a man and a woman who was clutching two children, were found shot to death Friday on an isolated stretch of Florida's Turnpike, police said.

    No vehicle was seen near their bodies when a passing motorist found them lying on the ground near one of the state's busiest interchanges.

    "This is definitely not a murder-suicide," said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. "This is a murder that we're pulling out all stops to find out who committed this crime."

    Mascara said the four victims appeared to be Hispanic and were shot multiple times while kneeling or lying on the ground. It's unknown if they were a family, he said. (Watch police work the scene around the bodies -- 3:00)

    Woman appeared to be protecting children
    "The woman in a defensive posture, had both of the children surrounded, underneath her arms, in an effort that we can assume was to protect them from the gunfire," Mascara said.

    Police said officials assume the four were in a vehicle that pulled off the highway and that someone inside the vehicle shot all four victims multiple times before driving away, according to The Associated Press.

    Police were excavating the ground under the victims in a search for bullets that would help them determine whether more than one gun was used, Mascara said. Investigators working the case were emotionally affected by the slayings, he said. (Watch sheriff talk about how the bodies were found -- 2:43)

    "Everybody that went and viewed the bodies described it as one of the most gruesome scenes that they had been to," he said.

    Residents awoke to 'pop-pop' sound
    Residents living at a golf club near the scene of the shooting reported hearing gunshots between 1 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., Mascara said.

    Janis Rich, a 67-year-old retired bookkeeper, told AP that she her husband were asleep in their golf club home, a quarter-mile from the scene, when they awoke to a loud "pop-pop-pop-pop" sound from the direction of the turnpike just before 2:30 a.m. Rich said the couple saw no traffic or anything else in the darkness. "We were trying to hear anyone speaking, anyone crying, but it was total quiet," she told AP.

    Highway Patrol troopers got a call shortly before 8 a.m. after someone spotted the bodies of the man, woman, boy and girl off the southbound shoulder of the highway in Port St. Lucie, the sheriff's office told AP.

    No vehicle was found near the bodies, Mascara said.

    Cameras posted along the turnpike were not recording at the time, Mascara said.

    A blue tent was set up over the bodies, and white material covered them until they were released to the medical examiner.

    Busy interchange
    The bodies were found near the Florida Turnpike's Fort Pierce exit, around mile marker 149, and near its intersection with I-95, a very busy thoroughfare, he said.

    Florida's Turnpike is the main toll road connecting the Miami area with cities along the Atlantic Coast to Fort Pierce and then inland to Orlando and Interstate 75.

    None of the victims were being identified by name, Mascara said during an afternoon news conference. The woman, 25, was carrying a Florida ID, he said, and the children are believed to be between 4 and 6 years old. The man, 29, was found lying near the other victims.
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    So sad and senseless. I don't get it.

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    This is too sad.


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    FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Yessica Guerrero Escobedo and Jose Luis Escobedo were high school sweethearts, a relative said, who fell in love and married. Recently, they packed up their two children and left their Texas home, headed for Florida in search of a new life.

    "Everybody loves them. They would do anything for anybody. There's not enough words — they were just funny, caring, very lovely people," said Lisa Salazar, a relative in Brownsville, Texas.

    On Saturday, authorities were trying to figure out how they were fatally shot along Florida's Turnpike in Port St. Lucie, about 100 miles north of Miami. The body of Yessica Guerrero Escobedo, 25, was found Friday clutching her two sons in an apparent effort to protect them. Her husband, who was to turn 29 on Saturday, was found nearby.

    Salazar said the couple, married for three years, didn't have any enemies. She showed photos of the family, including the 3- and 4-year-old sons, at a news conference. They had hoped to return to Brownsville for Christmas, she said.

    Investigators were watching 480 hours of surveillance tapes from toll booths along the turnpike hoping to spot any clues to lead to the suspects. Bullets found at the scene also were being analyzed to see if the same kind had been used in any other crimes.

    Investigators believe the Escobedos' vehicle, a 1998 four-door Jeep Cherokee, had pulled to the side of highway before someone else in the vehicle shot them and drove away sometime between 1:30 and 3 a.m. Authorities were searching for the vehicle Saturday, Sheriff Ken Mascara said.

    A motive for the shootings was not yet known. Authorities said the victims and the shooter may have known each other, and investigators were not approaching the crime as a carjacking.

    A search warrant was issued for the family's home in Greenacres in Palm Beach County, where the family had moved in June from the Brownsville, Texas, area.

    Their white stucco single-story house looked Saturday as though the family was still settling in to their new home — the living room was devoid of furniture, except for a bean bag chair on the white tile floor. A handwritten note taped to the doorbell read, "Knock!! Door bell doesn't work."

    Neighbors said they didn't know the family well.

    "He waved to me once, that's about all," said Ron Vendetti, 83, who lives across the street.

    Patrick Center, 25, who lives next door, said the husband once came over to introduce himself.

    "Really nice guy," Center said.

    Mascara said Friday the mother and father suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Formal autopsy results were not expected until Monday, according to the medical examiner's office.

    Seven other law enforcement agencies around the country were involved in the investigation, Mascara said. Investigators had received about 200 phone calls offering tips, the sheriff said
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    This is just totally senseless..... RIP.
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    WTF?! Another fuckin' scumbag out there.

    So sad and senseless.

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    There's still nothing new in the local news about leads on this either. And it's been a huge story down here.
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    I guess they did find the family's car abandoned somewhere.
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