HERNDON, VA. - Fairfax County Police say they are continuing to investigate what appears to be a murder-suicide after a woman and two juveniles were found dead inside a home.
Police say they were called to a home in the 1000 block of Safa Street around 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday night in the Herndon area of Fairfax County.
A homeowner called 9-1-1 after finding two juveniles who appeared to have been shot, police say.
Officers searched the home and also discovered a 42-year-old woman upstairs with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police say their initial investigation indicates the woman shot the two juveniles before shooting herself.
Officers say they will not release names or relationships in this case because of Virginia Code 19.2-11.2 which prohibits them from providing information about juvenile victims unless parental consent is provided.
However, DCW50 has learned from neighbors that the 42-year-old mother's name is Noera Ayaz, and she lived in the home with her husband and two young sons.
They Executive Director of Just Neighbors, a non-profit in Herndon dedicated to serving and supporting the immigrant community in Northern Virginia says Noera worked for them for a few months last year as a contract attorney.
In an emailed statement, Erin McKenney said:
"Noera worked with us for a few months last year as a contract attorney. We are devastated. Noera was a beautiful person who adored her children. She was an excellent immigration attorney as well. She was only with us as a contractor for a few months."
Noera is also listed as the Director of Women in Islam, a non-profit in New York.
The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center posted their condolences on Facebook, but would not provide any further comment. They are offering counselors available.
Police say detectives are continuing their investigation into the events leading up to the shooting. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting autopsies.