Funeral This Evening for Slain Children in De Queen

FEBRUARY 2, 2006 - Posted at 2:46 p.m. CST

DE QUEEN, AR - A funeral service is to be held this evening in De Queen for three children who were slain in their home.  Their mother is charged with capital murder for the killings.

The funeral mass for seven-year-old Elvis Mendez and five-year-old twins Samantha and Samuel Mendez will be at 6:30 p.m. at St. Barbara's Catholic Church.  The children will be buried later in New York.

The mother of the children, 43-year-old Eleazar Paula Mendez, has pleaded innocent.

Officials say the children were smothered, but investigators are also looking at the possibility the children were also poisoned.  Results of toxicology results are pending.

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