Family Killed In Granda Hills Murder-Suicide Identified

LOS ANGELES, CA — Authorities this week identified the names of the four people killed in a Granada Hills home in a murder-suicide.

According to the Los Angeles County medical examiner and the Los Angeles Police Department, 79-year-old Rodrigo De Leon shot and killed his wife and adult children before turning the gun on himself.

His victims were identified as 80-year-old Arabella De Leon, 53-year-old Rodrigo De Leon and 49-year-old Merceditas De Leon.

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The shooting was reported at 6:50 p.m. Saturday in the 11600 block of Lerdo Avenue, north of the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway next to Zelzah Park, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Rosario Cervantes told City News Service.

Arriving officers knocked on the door but no one answered, so they forced entry and were met by a witness who directed them to the deceased people, Cervantes said.

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CBS News identified the witness as the couple’s adult daughter with special needs, who was able to survive by barricading herself in a room and calling 911.

She survived a shocking ordeal, police told reporters at a press conference.

“The only positive point is that you at least have one witness who has survived this incident,” LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t know how much more terrifying and horrific of a scene it could be.”

Video from the scene showed a large police presence in the neighborhood as the shooting was investigated.

The shooting ratled the quite neighborhood filled with single family homes and longtime residents.

On Sunday, a UPS driver for the area who was acquainted with the family stopped by to leave flowers outside of the home.
“I’ve been on this route for 24 years and I think they’ve been here even longer,” Fernando Flores, a UPS driver who left flowers outside the home told CBS News. “They seemed like a normal family. … So, obviously anybody would be like, ‘How could that happen?'”

An investigation continued into the motive for the shootings.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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