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If I were the mother of those children, I'd kill myself, I swear.

Man throws 2 kids, self off 15th floor of hotel
Family vacation ends tragically for children, ages 4 and 8; mom unhurt
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A man killed his two young children by throwing them off the 15th floor of a landmark South Beach hotel and then jumped to his own death Saturday, police said.

The children were 4- and 8-years-old and the family was vacationing from Alton, Ill., said Bobby Hernandez, Miami Beach police spokesman.

The children’s mother was not physically injured, Hernandez said.

The identities of the family members were not immediately released by police.

The family was staying at the Loews Hotel in South Beach on Saturday morning, when the mother heard one of her children screaming from an adjacent hotel room. When she walked into the room she saw her husband going over the balcony, Hernandez said.

When the woman looked over the railing she saw her husband and her two children lying on the mezzanine roof, which is about two floors off the ground.

The woman told police that the couple had been having marital problems for the past six months, Hernandez said.

Hernandez said the family had been celebrating the couple’s 10th wedding anniversary.

“It’s a terrible tragedy. It’s unfortunate that this gentleman was so selfish and in an effort to get back at his wife he took the two most loved people in the world away from her,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez said the woman does not know why her husband did this.

“There was no indication that he would be capable of doing something as horrible as this,” Hernandez said. “She’s totally in shock that this has happened and doesn’t know why he did what he did.”

People in neighboring rooms told police they didn’t hear anything.

The three bodies were still on the scene, but will be transported to the medical examiner’s office, said Cynthia Larson, a medical examiner’s office investigator.

Police wheeled the bodies into the hotel on gurneys covered in red sheets and took down a white tent, which had previously been placed over them on the roof. Outside the hotel there few indications of the events, except two police cars parked in the front.

Hotel guest Christopher Carreras of New York, who is staying on the 14th floor, said he could see where the victims had fallen.

“They already had tents covering the bodies. You can’t see nothing. It’s like a big awning,” said Carreras.

A Loews Hotel spokeswoman in Miami would not comment but said there was an ongoing police investigation.

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