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November 16, 1998
A Long Beach man drove to a park Sunday morning with his 19-year-old son, removed a rifle from the trunk and allegedly shot the younger man in the head before turning the gun on himself, Long Beach police said. Blaine Estell Mansfield, 56, remained in extremely critical condition Sunday afternoon, while his son, also named Blaine, died of his wounds, Officer Maria Lopez said. Police said a suicide note was left by the bodies but would not comment on a possible motive.
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September 8, 1998
A 35-year-old woman who was shot by her husband in an attempted murder-suicide this weekend was upgraded to stable condition Monday, authorities said. The unidentified woman filed a domestic violence report with Los Angeles police Sunday morning and officers escorted her home. Because her husband, Richard Ruiz, was not there, she told the officers that they could leave, police said.
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August 21, 1998
A Pasadena radio station receptionist died Thursday of injuries she received two days earlier, when a former boyfriend shot her in the head as they arrived for work. Claudia Yanez, 20, of Monterey Park died at Huntington Memorial Hospital shortly before 2 p.m., a hospital spokeswoman said. Julio Carrillo-Hernandez, 28, of Baldwin Park, who turned the gun on himself after shooting Yanez, died early Wednesday, officials said. Yanez was shot shortly before 9 a.m.
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August 20, 1998
A man who shot his former girlfriend as she arrived for work at a Pasadena radio station and then turned the handgun on himself died early Wednesday. Julio Hernandez Carrillo, 28, of Baldwin Park died shortly after midnight of a gunshot wound in the head, Huntington Memorial Hospital officials said. Claudia Yanez, 20, of Monterey Park, who was shot once in the head, remained in intensive care, a hospital official said. Yanez was shot shortly before 9 a.m.
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August 8, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man fatally shot his wife at point-blank range and then turned the gun on himself, days after she said he had abused her and had obtained a restraining order against him, sheriff's deputies said Friday. David William Schenk, 39, and Heather Jan Fredette Schenk, 46, had a volatile and strife-torn marriage, according to neighbors, who said they often heard the couple arguing at the home in the 21400 block of Wahoo Trail.
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August 5, 1998 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In an apparent murder-suicide that jolted a working-class neighborhood in the South Bay, a father of three--reportedly despondent over the breakup of his marriage--shot and killed his estranged wife and their children, then shot himself to death, authorities said Tuesday. The woman's brother found the bodies early Tuesday in the tiny duplex the family had rented across the street from Hawthorne High School, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives said.
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June 13, 1998
The bodies of an elderly couple, apparently victims of a murder-suicide, were discovered at their home in an unincorporated area near Whittier, authorities said Thursday. Sheriff's detectives believe that Paul Russo, 87, shot his wife, Petrina Russo, 93, and then turned the gun on himself at their apartment in the 14000 block of Dicky Street, authorities said. The bodies were found Wednesday by the apartment's manager, who decided to check on the couple because they had not been seen recently.
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May 31, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paralleling the murder-suicide of comedian Phil Hartman and his wife, a 30-year-old woman shot her companion as he slept in the motel room they shared Friday night before turning the gun on herself, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies. Authorities said the bodies were found by employees of the Best Rest Inn in the Flying J Travel Plaza truck stop after the couple failed to check out as scheduled at noon Saturday.
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May 31, 1998
A 30-year-old woman shot her companion as he slept in the motel room they shared Friday night before turning the gun on herself, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said Saturday. The bodies were found by employees of the Best Rest Inn at Flying J Travel Plaza truck stop in Gorman after they failed to check out as scheduled at noon Saturday. Deputies did not immediately release the names of the woman and the 35-year-old man, nor would they say whether the couple were married.
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