HARLINGEN — A man accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife and another man before turning the gun on himself Friday had once before shot himself over a broken relationship, longtime family friends said.
In the 1994-95 school year, Omar Montemayor, then a student at Harlingen High School, shot himself after a girlfriend broke off a relationship with him, but not with the intention of killing himself, family friends said.
Sometime after midnight Friday, Montemayor, 34, forced his way into the home of his estranged wife and shot her and a man — both in the upper torso — and then shot himself in the head, police said.
His wife, Sarah Maxwell Montemayor, 29, and the man, Devan Leroy Haynes, 28, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Omar Montemayor was hospitalized at Valley Baptist Medical Center in critical condition, police said.
Neighbors said Sarah Montemayor had been living with a boyfriend at the duplex for about six months.
Omar Montemayor has two sons from a previous relationship and he and Sarah had one son together, family friends said.
Omar Montemayor’s father is Joe Montemayor, a Harlingen school administrator, and his mother is the principal of Zavala Elementary School, longtime friends of the family said.
The school district said Joe Montemayor is human resources director and Yvonne Montemayor is principal of Zavala. The district, however, did not confirm a relationship between Omar Montemayor and the school employees.
“At this time, we want to honor the family’s privacy, so I’m not going to comment on that,” said Rosalinda Vargas, assistant superintendent for human resources.
“Our thoughts and our prayers are with the family at this time.”
Police were dispatched to 1013 E. Polk Ave. about 12:30 a.m. Friday to check a report of a burglary in progress. As they were en route, a caller advised that shots had been fired. The officers found three people with gunshot wounds when they arrived.
Inside the duplex, police found a 20-gauge shotgun and a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol, police spokesman Sgt. John Parrish said. He said he did not know which gun was used in the shooting.
Neighbors who live near the duplex said they did not hear shots fired but did see police car lights, an ambulance and officers with flashlights running along the street as police cars fanned out over the neighborhood.
“I couldn’t sleep because I have had sinus trouble for the last couple of days,” one neighbor said. “I don’t remember hearing very much except for seeing all the flashing lights.
“By the time I woke up I saw all these lights coming through the window and, by the time I peeked through the window, they had all scattered with the (police) vehicles or whatever, from one end of the street to the other.”