Posted: Jun 12 2018 11:42AM EDT
Video Posted: Jun 12 2018 10:26PM EDT
Updated: Jun 12 2018 11:27PM EDT
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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – A family representative who started a GoFund Me campaign to help cover funeral expenses of the four children killed by a felon while in a standoff with police says the mother is in a state of shock.
Walter Benenati employs the father of the woman, whom police have not identified. Benenati says she also ne to cover expenses to move out of the apartment in Orlando, Florida, where the shootings happened.
Benenati says the oldest hostage was 12-year-old Irayan. He says Irayan loved video games and was an overachiever at school. He says Lillia was a huge Disney fan and the 10-year-old enjoyed being with her friends. He says 6-year-old Aidan had a dinosaur obsession and 22-month-old Dove liked to run.
Orlando police officers were called to the complex on Sunday evening by Lindsey‘s girlfriend, because of a domestic dispute, authorities said. Upon arriving, the officers were fired upon. One of those officers, Kevin Valencia, was seriously injured and remains hospitalized.
“It’s very devastating,” Shantell Alexis said.
Some learned the devastating news as they returned home to what they call a quiet neighborhood.
“There’s no explanation for what happened that day,” Abdelhamid Dhhirni said. “It’s not human at all.”
Those who lived close to the apartment where Lindsey barricaded himself inside with the four children were forced to evacuate as police handled hostage negotiations. Sadly none of them could be saved, according to Orlando Police Chief John Mina. A SWAT team found the children shot to death after the hours-long standoff.
Lindsey was arrested in Volusia County and convicted of setting a fire in Orange City in 2008 following an argument with his girlfriend at the time. He was sentenced to 30 years supervision. According to court records, he violated probation and was arrested four more times in Volusia County and let out of jail each time.
Officials in Florida say a medical examiner will determine at what point during a standoff the four children were killed. Authorities say two of the children are believed to be Lindsey‘s, while the other two are believed to be those of the girlfriend.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.