Three children were pronounced dead after a fire tore through a home in the 3100 block of Jason Cove in Killeen.
Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke confirmed the three kids had died and said an autopsy had been ordered. The mother of the children identified them as 6-year-old Chasity Armstrong, 5-year-old Khaliyah, and 3-year-old Tristan.
They were pronounced dead at 1:33 p.m., 1:37 p.m., and 1:38 p.m., according to a Killeen Police spokesperson.
The Killeen Independent School District (KISD) has learned of the loss of two elementary school aged students who were enrolled in the district. We express our deepest sympathies to the family. KISD will have counseling support teams available to speak with students and staff. These teams will provide small group and/or individual counseling for as long as needed. Again, we extend our deepest sympathies to the family during this difficult time.Five fire engines responded, but the home was completely destroyed.A crime scene unit was still on the scene early Friday afternoon. The Killeen Police Department said fire investigators were taking the lead in the investigation.This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Editor's Note: There were initially conflicting reports regarding the last names of the children. The last name has been corrected.