Mario Dominguez can't stop thinking about what might have happened if he had been home Wednesday night when his fiancee, their infant son and other members of her family were killed.
Would he have been able to prevent their deaths? Would he have been the fifth victim? Would his death have been better than the reality he now faces — living without them?
Police arrested Daniel Green, 40, a few hours after four of his family members were found dead in their home at 4601 SE 79. Dominguez said Green was schizophrenic, and a gun kept in the home usually was locked away where he couldn't get to it.
Killed were Sallie Green, 57; Rebecca Cizek, 34; Katherine Cizek, 16; and Amario Dominguez III, who would have been 7 months old this month. Two other family members who lived in the house were not there at the time, Mario Dominguez said.
Sallie Green was the mother of Daniel Green and Rebecca Cizek. Katherine Cizek was Rebecca Cizek's daughter. Mario Dominguez said he was engaged to Rebecca Cizek and was the father of Amario Dominguez III, whom he called “Trey.”
“None of them deserved this,” Dominguez said through tears Friday. “They were so nice to Danny. I don't see how anything could have set him off to where he did this. There is no justification or explanation for what he did to his family.”
Dominguez lived in the home until a couple of weeks ago. He said he and his fiancee were working through some problems in their relationship. He has been blaming himself since he got the news.
“One of the first things I said was, ‘This wouldn't have happened if I had been there,'” Dominguez said. “I could have stopped Danny. Then again, I could have been the fifth body. That doesn't make me feel any better. Even if it would have been like that, I would have been with my family instead of moving on without them.”
Dominguez said everyone in the family tried to keep Daniel Green on his medication. When he didn't take it, he had episodes.