Sunday, March 25, 2012

Brentwood, CA: Pinoy couple found dead in Northern California

BRENTWOOD, California - The Contra Costa County Coroner's Office identified the bodies found in the bedroom of a Brentwood home on Wednesday as that of Filipino couple Christopher Lo, 47, and Joyce Lo, 42.

The SF Gate reported that the couple was going through divorce proceedings, citing court records.

Brentwood police said Christopher fatally shot his wife, before turning the gun on himself inside their home.

Emergency responders pronounced the Lo couple, who were in their 40s, dead on the scene.

The couple's 13-year old daughter reportedly called 911, around 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday, after discovering the bodies in one of the bedrooms.

Police said there is another surviving child who does not live at the home.

Investigators are currently probing the motive for the reported murder-suicide.

Couple’s death shock neighbors

Brentwood is a quiet suburb, an hour away from San Francisco. People living in this upper middle-class Northern California neighborhood said they moved to Brentwood to get away from the city's high crime incidents.

Neighbor Chris Ratfliff said they live in a family-oriented community. “This (crime) doesn't happen every day at all," he said.

“I just feel bad that this had to happen to such a young person like me," said Jessica Jones, a neighbor who attends school with the couple's daughter.

Deny Jones recounted how she would see the Lo couple outside of their home, working in the yard. “I never saw them arguing. But it's hard to know what goes on behind closed doors," she said.

A friend of the couple's daughter, who does not want to be identified, said the Lo couple was going through financial problems.

Another family friend who wished to remain anonymous told Balitang America that the couple was dealing with a domestic dispute reportedly brought about by an alleged infidelity.

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