The Harris County Sheriff's Office says Rebekah Sanders was pronounced dead Saturday evening at Memorial Hermann Hospital, where she was being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Authorities say she killed her 3-year-old son Gabriel and her 5-year-old daughter Gabrielle on August 9 at her residence in northwest Harris County and then shot herself. The children were reportedly found clothed, lying in bed with her.
Investigators say Sanders had been despondent for some time, as is apparent in posts to her Facebook account. On July 13 at 6:30pm she wrote, "another crappy day in my world." Ten days later near midnight, she posted "it sucks when your own family doesn't even have time for you." And on July 24 in the middle of the day, she wrote that she "has officially stopped caring."
Then less than 72 hours before the crimes she's accused of committing, Rebekah Sanders posted to her Facebook account "time is winding down." A day earlier she posted that she was "feeling really discouraged." And eight days earlier -- just after midnight -- she admitted that she was "trying to dig myself out of this dark hole."
Investigators don't know yet know what caused the depression, but say they found several notes inside the home.
Autopsy results are still pending on Sanders' two children, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.