Invisible Children

Luis Frank Moreno

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Luis [or Louis] Moreno, who went by Franky, was 5 years old when he was shot and killed by his father, Roland Ramirez Moreno. Moreno also killed his pregnant wife, Maria Burton Moreno, and himself. Franky was homeschooled.

Newspapers reported that the Morenos were a seemingly happy churchgoing family. However, Moreno had allegedly been blacklisted by the leadership of his church, the New Testament Christian Church, for exposing his pastor’s affair. This ostracism may have driven him to the depression which precipitated the murder-suicide.

Date: September 24, 2003
Location: San Antonio, Texas

Documents: Date:
Man slays wife, son, then himself 2003-09-25
Few details emerge in double murder suicide 2003-09-25
Man kills pregnant wife, son, himself 2003-09-25
Police search for clues in San Antonio family’s death 2003-09-25
Maria Burton Moreno
Oh The Hypocrisy That Drove A Man To Murder And Suicide 2011-12-30