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Two dead following disturbance in Dodge Center

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DODGE CENTER, MN (FOX 47) -- We have learned the names of the two victims in Saturday's tragic homicide in Dodge Center, 12-year-old Ishmael Nicholas Bugarin and his mother 27-year-old Teresa Bugarin.

Authorities tell us two other children remain in the hospital Sunday evening as well as the children's father, 33-year-old Ishmael Bugarin, who police are calling a person of interest.

Dodge County Sheriff Gary Thompson says, "This appears to be a domestic type situation that went horribly tragic."

Around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the Dodge County Sheriff's office responded to a home in the Valley View Mobile Home Park in Dodge Center.

There, deputies found three children with stab wounds.

Thompson says, "I feel terrible about it, I mean a twelve-year-old kid died. I feel horrible, I've got kids myself and you wonder why, it just doesn't make sense."

Police found the children's father inside with life-threatening wounds, as well as the body of their mother. Authorities say they are not searching for any other suspects and that the incident occurred inside the mobile home.

Neighbors say the three children ran next door for help, but it was too late for 12-year-old Ishamel.

Next door neighbor Guadalupe Zavala says, "The older kid almost died in my dad's arms because when the ambulance came he couldn't breathe no more."

10-year-old Zavala and her family were home at the time and were the first to respond.

"They were screaming, yelling, crying saying to help them and one of the kids had a knife through its neck," says Zavala.

Authorities say they had no history with the Bugarin family and that a motive is unknown.

Family friend Jose Mendoza says, "Can't believe that this happened."

Mendoza knew the family and says that they were good, hard-working people, and wonders why this had to happen.

"He was a very nice father, he always helped her with the children. I mean I don't know, we still can't believe it," Mendoza says.

Dodge County Sheriff Gary Thompson says they have not spoken to the father, because of his injuries.

They say at this time it is unknown whether his wounds were self-inflicted.

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