Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr., the four children and their mother were found dead in the Florida apartment.
The four victims of the hostage crisis in Orlando, Florida that ended Monday night were identified as their siblings.
Walter Benenati, a family attorney, identified the children as Irayan Lopez (12 years old), Lillia Lopez (10 years old), Aidan Lindsey (6 months) and Dove Lindsey (22 months). Lindsey is the father to the two youngest children.
PEOPLE: Lindsey’s girlfriend fled her apartment just before he kidnapped the children. Benenati says that “the mother is in complete shock.” “Right now, she is mad, which will turn into grief that nobody can comprehend.”
Benenati described Irayan as an “overachiever” who enjoyed playing video games. He describes Irayan as a bright young boy.
Lillia was an elementary school student who loved to play with her friends and loved Disney World. Benenati said Aidan loved dinosaurs.
He says Dove was “just a young, beautiful boy who loved playing.”
Benenati set up a GoFundMe account to pay for the funeral costs of the children.
“These beautiful babies have never hurt anyone.” Benenati wrote that it was a sad ending to a horror-filled night.
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After a 24-hour standoff, police found the bodies of the four children, and Lindsey (35), inside the Westbrook Apartments at Eaglesmere Drive late on Monday. All three died from apparent gunshot wounds.
After arriving at the house at 11.45 pm Sunday, officers received a domestic violence call and attempted to negotiate their safe release.
PEOPLE was told by a spokesperson for the Orlando Police Department that Lindsey physically abused a woman who called the police.
Benenati claims that Lindsey kicked the children’s mother in the head, and she fled the house. Bennett argues that the children were locked up in their rooms then.
According to him, the Orlando Sentinel may have questioned why she fled that building. But nobody can understand what she was going through or her terror.
He said, “She is fair, but nobody can imagine taking the lives of young children.”
Benenati says, “[The children’s mother] never imagined in a million years that he would harm the kids.” It is tragic. It is an inexplicable act. It was unimaginable that it would end this way.
Lindsey shot Officer Kevin Valencia as he arrived on the scene. He is now in critical condition.
After the shooting, Lindsey occupied the apartment with his four children for 24 hours. Police tried to negotiate with Lindsey. According to Orlando police, SWAT teams and negotiators failed to end the violence. More than 40 officers attended the scene, and nearby apartments were evacuated.
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Lindsey was, according to reports, on a suspended sentence at the time of the shooting. Benenati says that Lindsey was afraid of going back to prison.
The standoff ended violently, according to authorities.
“As you all know, the Orlando Police Department (and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department) have worked very hard over this long day to bring this matter to a peaceful end. Mina explained to reporters that the situation had a tragic and sad ending.
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