Relative Freddy Marquez said the birthday was for the Nubian wife who went to the same party and Melvin Perez for Nubia’s older brother.

–Joana Cruz, 53, mother of Nubia, Melvin and Jose

–Jose Gutierrez, 21, brother of Nubia and Melvin

–Sandra Ibarra, unknown age, sister of Mayra Perez

–Jose Ibarra, unknown age, brother of Mayra Perez

City officials have not identified the names of the victims and Sandy Wilson, with the El Paso County Court Office, told CNN that it could take a few days for those involved to perform autopsies and forensic identification.

The name of the dead man was also not released.

The shooter was Sandra’s boyfriend, according to Marquez. Marquez said he doesn’t know the boyfriend’s cause. She only met her boyfriend once four or five months ago and said his name was “Junior”.

“When we were there it was just family,” Marquez said, referring to the party. “There was no one outside the family. So when we woke up to this news, why were we in any way?”

The only adult survived the shooting

The Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call about a shooting at around 00:18 a.m. Sunday, the department said in a statement.

Officials responded to Canterbury Mobile Home Park where they found six dead adults, along with a seventh person who was injured and later died at a local hospital.

Police believe the suspect went home to celebrate his birthday party and shot himself before he killed himself.

The CSPD said officials “are still investigating to determine the reason.”

According to Marquez, some people were already asleep when the shooting occurred and only one adult survived the party – Joan Cruz’s husband. He was in the bathroom when the suspect arrived.

“He said he heard all the shots and when he opened the (toilet) door, everything had already happened, almost in the blink of an eye,” Marquez said.

“He said the guy was basically on a mission, just as he came in knowing what he was going to do,” Marquez continued. “He did it, and that was it. There was no commotion. There was no fighting. He went in there and did what he did.”

Marquez said there were three small children at the party when the shooting occurred: Melvin and Mayra’s 2-year-old daughter and Sandra’s two youngest daughters.

All the children survived. “The children in the trailer were not injured as suspects and are now with relatives,” the CSPD said in a statement.

“We are shocked, in disbelief”

Marquez and Nubia left the party early in the morning around 10 p.m., Marquez said.

His wife said she had to go to work at five in the morning, so she set the alarm for 4 in the morning

When they woke up, they realized they had a bunch of missed calls from Melvin’s son. When Marquez and his wife found out what had happened, he said they initially thought it was a joke.

“We’re impressed, incredible,” he said.

Funeral arrangements have begun to be made, but he said it has been overwhelming due to the number of family members who are planning.

A family friend, Alisha Morales, has created a Facebook fundraiser.

“All donations will go directly to funeral expenses and any supplement will help the family in that tremendous loss,” Morales wrote.

The governor says the shooting is “destructive.”

Community leaders condemned the shooting on Sunday.

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In a statementColorado Gov. Jared Polis said the shooting was “devastating, especially as many of us spend the day celebrating the women who have made us the people we are today.”

“Families torn apart,” he said, “and no less at a birthday party.”

Colorado Springs police chief Vince Niski said, “Words are short to describe the tragedy.

“As a police chief, as a husband, as a father, as a grandfather, as a member of this community, it breaks my heart for families who have lost someone they love and for children who have lost their parents,” Niski said in the news. “Among the officers who responded to the shooting are still in front of investigators, we are all terribly shaken. What you hope is will never happen in your community, wherever you call home. to replace “.

CNN’s Raja Razek contributed to this report.

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