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Boy, 6, Sees Dad Kill Mom, Self

September 29, 2002|ANTHONY McCARTNEY | TIMES STAFF WRITER

As his young son looked on, a 27-year-old man fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend before killing himself Saturday morning during a court-ordered custody transfer in front of Santa Monica City Hall.

The attack occurred about 9:50 a.m. in front of the couple's 6-year-old boy and a domestic violence counselor who was there to supervise the exchange.

The 21-year-old mother from Santa Clarita was stabbed several times in the upper body. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died. The father, a West Los Angeles resident, died at the scene from self-inflicted knife wounds.

Authorities are withholding their identities until their families are notified.

Santa Monica police officers, headquartered next to City Hall, immediately responded to the woman's screams for help.

Detectives asked that anyone with useful information call them at (310) 458-8451.

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