Alabama Mother Allegedly Kills Two Young Sons Before Attempting Suicide

Taylor and Alvaro Garcia
Credit: GoFundMe

Alabama authorities have identified the two young brothers who were allegedly killed by their mother on Saturday.

Taylor Garcia, 9, and his little brother, Alvaro Garcia, 3, were found dead at their home on County Road 1718 near Baileyton, Cullman County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Brad Williams, director of communications, confirms to PEOPLE.

“An unthinkable nightmare came true for our family this weekend,” the boys’ sister, Lizeth Lopez, wrote on the GoFundMe she set up to defray their funeral costs. “This past Saturday our family lost two beautiful boys, Alvaro and Taylor García, to a tragic event,” she wrote. “We are completely heartbroken.”

The boys’ mother, Sara Franco Tapia, 32, will be charged with two counts of murder when she leaves the hospital, Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry said at a press conference Tuesday, local outlet reports.

She was airlifted to a local hospital on Saturday after deputies found her in a field near her house, Gentry said.

A knife was found nearby, the Associated Press reports.

Tapia underwent emergency surgery when she arrived at the hospital and is now in the ICU in stable condition, reports. She remains hospitalized for self-inflicted knife wounds.

She is in the custody of sheriff’s deputies and investigators while hospitalized.

“The moment that she is physically able, we will then bring her to the Cullman County Detention Center where she will be charged with two counts of murder,” Gentry said, local station WAFF48 reports.

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