Horrific Tilden Murder-Suicide

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After distraught dad Kevin Morrissey shot his wife and two daughters to death before killing himself in Tilden Park's Mineral Springs picnic-area parking lot on Monday, the Berkeley police forced entry into the family's home at 1357 Northside Avenue to see whether anyone might be injured or deceased inside. Finding no one, they waited for East Bay Park District police to arrive and continue the investigation.

EBPD chief Timothy Anderson doesn't think the two girls -- eight-year-old Nikki and six-year-old Kim -- knew in advance what their father was planning when he drove them to the park. "I wouldn't have thought in a thousand years that anything like this would ever happen in Tilden," muses Anderson, who grew up in nearby El Cerrito and spent countless childhood days in the park. In his mind, "it's always been an innocent park for little kids to go to."

A crime-scene-cleaning company was called to the Mineral Springs parking lot early this morning.

Morrissey's wife, Mamiko Kawai, was a popular local doctor. As long ago as 2004, former patients were praising her at the Berkeley Parents Network Web site.

One satisfied patient wrote: "I highly recommend Dr. Mamiko Kawai at 500 San Pablo Ave in Albany. She is AMAZING! Super smart, kind, caring, thoughtful, scientific. Sometimes she does run a little late, but that is because she is a very thorough doctor. The office staff is wonderful, as well."

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