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Police Seek Information in 1997 Triple Slaying

March 04, 1998

It has been a little more than a year since three family members were found gagged, bound and stabbed to death in their Koreatown apartment. Los Angeles police still do not have any clues to who committed the crime.

Standing in front of the victims' apartment building at 530 S. Catalina St. on Tuesday, detectives asked "anybody who knows anything" about the Feb. 2, 1997, slayings of Marcelina Barrera, 46, her son, Kenny, 22, and her brother, Cesar Nova, 30, to contact police.

In what Det. John Curiel termed an act of "terrible rage," the victims were each stabbed about 50 times. There was no forced entry into the apartment, but since Barrera's husband, Manuel, managed the building, police said it would not have been unusual for the family to let people in. Jewelry and thousands of dollars in collected rent were taken.

Anyone with information should call Det. Rich Haro at (213) 485-2531 or 485-2504.

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