SAN CARLOS PARK, Fla.- A family found murdered, A mother and three young girls gunned down, deputies say by the little girls' father. While the crime is emotionally draining for friends and family of the victims, it's also very difficult for deputies. From the 911 operator who took the first call, to the investigators forced to walk through the bloody crime scene for hours. Sheriff Mike Scott says a badge or uniform does not make his deputies immune to the emotions that surround this killing.
A county is rocked by an unexplainable crime. Powerful emotions are felt at home where three young girls and their mother were found dead.
"At the end of the day we are human beings, just like you, just like the community who is now paralyzed by this tragedy," said Sheriff Mike Scott.
Sheriff Mike Scott says this tragedy is heart breaking for him and his team. He explains that it's often hard to emotionally and fully disconnect.
"Our crime scene people are there all day, hours and hours and sometimes days on end, in the homes, with the bodies, on the scene."
Deputies are standing watch over a growing memorial, they are guarding a house that is now a crime scene and searching every part of the house to make sure not a piece of evidence is left behind.
"I don't think you're human if it doesn't affect you in some way, shape or form."
But Sheriff Scott says it's easy for a scene like this to leave scars that may never go away. They see things up close and personal that we can only imagine.
"Some of these uniformed deputies haven't been on the job, haven't been out of the academy for more than a couple of weeks on their own," Scott told WINK News.
Sheriff Scott says he can't stop thinking about these little girls.
"Their lives stopped Sunday, on the eve of the most part Father's Day and it stopped at the hands of their father."
Now, Sheriff Scott says they do have help for deputies who may need it. In fact, one of the first things he did when he arrived on scene today was walk up to the deputy watching over the memorial and just had a casual conversation with him.