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December 23, 2003 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The San Bernardino man who allegedly shot a sheriff's deputy last week, and then stunned investigators by pulling out a handgun and killing himself in a Sheriff's Department interview room after his arrest, was facing a third-strike felony charge and a possible life sentence if convicted, authorities said Monday. San Bernardino County Sheriff Gary Penrod also said investigators found that the suspect, Ricardo Alfonso Cerna, 47, had two bullets in his .
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January 17, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Police Officer Joshua Boren, 34, didn't show up for his 10 p.m. shift at the Lindon City Police Department in Utah on Thursday night. When his colleagues couldn't reach him by phone, they asked police in Spanish Fork, where Boren lived, to check on him.  Spanish Fork police said they arrived at Boren's home about 11 p.m. and found him dead, along with his wife Kelly Boren, 32, mother-in-law Marie King, 55, and two children, 7-year-old Joshua 'Jaden'...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2004 | Eric Malnic and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
A man suspected of decapitating a Cal State Los Angeles professor at her Pasadena home and then apparently committing suicide was identified Tuesday as a boyfriend and former student at the university. By the time the body of Glenda Vittimberga, 36, was found Monday, Mark Guerro, 38, had stripped naked and walked into the path of a big rig on Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass, Pasadena police said.
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January 10, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Police say they are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Canoga Park this week as a "domestic violence murder. " Authorities were called to the 21900 block of Roscoe Boulevard about 1 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they discovered the bodies of a man and woman, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The couple were apparently married and had a child, police said. The woman, referred to by police as a 30-year-old victim, sustained several fatal unspecified injuries, they said.
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September 11, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Police continued Tuesday to try to determine what led to a double murder-suicide in San Diego's tony La Jolla neighborhood. The bodies of James Killion, 45, his wife, Patricia Killion, 47, and the couple's son, Ryan, 13, were found in their home Friday by a concerned relative. A handgun was found in James Killion's lap, and authorities said he used it to kill his wife and son before shooting himself. James and Patricia Killion worked as Internet stock traders.
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March 11, 2007 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally (D-Compton) and his staff were described as "devastated" Saturday after an apparent murder-suicide involving a senior aide to the legislator. Michael J. Robbins, 67, who was long active in Los Angeles political circles, apparently shot his wife, Kim Gehring, 48, and then himself after an argument at their Baldwin Hills home late Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
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November 13, 2007 | David Kelly and Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writers
Peter Rosati walked into his kitchen Sunday afternoon and heard a series of sharp cracks outside -- then another, and another. On the third volley, a flock of ducks fluttered up noisily from the nearby country club pond. Then there was silence. "I figured someone was shooting at the ducks," he said, "trying to scare them away." Someone was shooting, but not at ducks. Next door in the Temecula cul-de-sac four people lay dead, with a fifth mortally wounded. She died a few hours later.
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October 27, 2002 | From Times staff reports
A couple who died in an apparent murder-suicide were identified Saturday by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies. The bodies of Minnie V. Clifton, 69, and Jimmy Van Norman, 66, were found about 6:30 p.m. Friday after a report of shots fired in the 37300 block of 47th Street East, Deputy Bill Spear said. Clifton was on the floor with several gunshot wounds to her upper body, and Van Norman had a single gunshot wound to his upper torso, authorities said.
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February 16, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A married couple found dead Thursday in their Oxnard home in what appears to be a murder-suicide were identified Saturday as Albert and Pilar Kessock. Authorities believe Albert Kessock, 59, shot his wife, 64, and then himself because both were suffering from serious illnesses. A neighbor found the pair in their Falkner Place home.
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December 30, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A married couple from Garden Grove who investigators suspect died in a murder-suicide were identified Monday by Orange County coroner's officials. Thanh Vuong, 51, and Yvone Tran, 39, were found with gunshot wounds Thursday in their home in the 1500 block of Sail Avenue. Paramedics pronounced them dead at the scene. Police went to the house after receiving a 911 hang-up call from the home at 4:16 a.m. A male relative called the Garden Grove Police Department shortly after and said a family member may have shot his wife and then himself.
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December 28, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo
Simi Valley police are investigating what they believe may be a murder-suicide. Officers responding to a call in the 2400 block of East Woodrow Avenue arrived just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday and found a woman and a man with gunshot wounds. The woman was dead. The man, who was gravely wounded, was rushed to a hospital, where he died, police said in a statement. Four children living at the residence were unharmed and placed under the supervision of the Ventura County Child Protective Services while relatives are contacted, authorities said.
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December 5, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Simi Valley police believe a murder-suicide claimed the lives of two neighbors found dead on a neighborhood yard and sidewalk Tuesday morning. Police say James Richard Wahe, 59, shot Pamela McClain, 61, before turning the gun on himself. Investigators, though, were still trying to determine what led to the shooting considering there did not appear to be any immediate evidence of a romantic relationship between the two, according to Simi Valley police Cmdr. David Livingstone. Ventura County firefighters found Wahe and McClain in the 3300 block of Billie Court after responding to a call from what a nearby resident thought was someone lying injured in front of a residence around 7 a.m. “It's a baffling case.
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November 19, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Virginia police are investigating the stabbing of a state senator and the fatal shooting of his son as an attempted murder and suicide, authorities said Tuesday. State Sen. Creigh Deeds had an altercation with his son, Gus, state police spokeswoman Corrine Geller said at a televised news conference. Deeds was stabbed several times but was able to leave the house in Bath County. Deeds walked down the hill at his residence to Route 42. The injured senator was spotted and picked up by a cousin who was driving along the road, she said.
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November 13, 2013 | By August Brown
This week's brutal murder-suicide in Brooklyn that took the lives of three musicians and the gunman deeply shook New York and the global music community. Now the surviving members of the band Yellow Dogs and the Free Keys, each groups of Iranian American musicians that lost members in the rampage, have issued a joint statement about the shooting. The message, printed below, was co-written by  Yellow Dogs' Siavash 'Obash' Karampour and Koory Mirzaei, with contributions from band manager Ali Salehezadeh, Pooya Hosseini of Free Keys and the street artists Icy and Sot. It's heartbreaking reading.
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November 11, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The New York Police Department has identified three Iranian musicians killed by a former friend in a Brooklyn murder-suicide that left four dead early Monday. Soroush Farazmand, 27, and Arash Farazmand, 28, of the Iranian rock band Yellow Dogs were shot to death along with fellow Iranian musician Ali Eskandarian, 35, at an apartment in East Williamsburg, police said. Police said Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie, 29, was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on the roof of the victims' apartment.
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November 11, 2013 | By August Brown
This post has been updated, see below for details. Three men, including two members of a Brooklyn rock band, are dead after a fellow musician shot them to death in their East Williamsburg apartments before turning the gun on himself, according to various news reports in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Quoting a law enforcement official, the Wall Street Journal  said that the musician, a onetime affiliate of the band, used a .308-caliber rifle as he moved from floor to floor of the apartment building to find and shoot members of the Yellow Dogs.
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October 31, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
It was just before dinnertime, about 6 p.m. when Bryan Sweatt called the emergency operator in Greenwood, S.C., a rural town once known for its textile mills. He told the woman who answered the 911 call that he was stressed out. A woman is heard crying in the background of the emergency recording released by the sheriff's office. The operator asks Sweatt whether he has a gun. “A .44,” Sweat is heard answering and then the telephone line goes dead. According to authorities, Sweatt broke into his girlfriend's parents' home in Greenwood, a community of some 23,000 people, where he shot and killed five people, including two children, before committing suicide.
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