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Parents of slain children speak out and urge mental health treatment

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Noah and Sophia Murphy were stabbed to death in Colorado Springs. Noah and Sophia Murphy were stabbed to death in Colorado Springs.

The pain coursing through the Murphy household is unbearable and difficult for most to imagine.

"What happened to us that night was unthinkable and it was unimaginable and we don't even know how to process our own emotions, we don't even know how we feel," said Melissa Murphy, mother of two children who were slain by her older son.

Murphy doesn't have a day go by that she doesn't recall that October night, when 20-year-old Malik Murphy stabbed his two youngest siblings to death, 7-year-old Noah and 5-year-old Sophia Murphy.

"The monster that he was that night that did this to our children.. to his own brother and sister... it wasn't Malik, that's what's hard to come to terms with. That's what's hart to rationalize, that's what's even hard to explain to people," said Murphy.

Murphy said her son struggles with mental illness, had sought counseling, spent time in treatment facilities and was on medication.

They had hoped he was getting better and improving.

News 5 is learning Colorado ranks near the bottom nationally for mental health treatment.

"Nearly half a million people said we needed it, we didn't get it, mostly because we couldn't afford it, partly because we were worried about what would happen if someone found out or we couldn't find a provider," said Andrew Romanoff, President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado.

"One thing that we want to encourage families that are dealing with someone close to them with mental illness is to be proactive, be never ending in their support," said Vinnie Murphy.

While we may never know what more could have been done to help Malik and prevent this tragedy, the Murphy's are pushing for better funding and treatment in hopes of curbing incidents like this in the future.

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