Friday, February 22, 2013

Valley Center, CA: Spouses who dies in murder-suicide identified

— A Valley Center couple who sheriff’s officials said died in a murder-suicide were identified Thursday by the Medical Examiner’s Office as Miguel and Eleonore Ataide.
The 48-year-old woman died of multiple gunshot wounds, and her 41-year-old husband died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, an investigator for the office said. Her death has been ruled a homicide.
Miguel Ataide’s mother heard her son arguing with his wife Tuesday night at the couple’s house in Valley Center, the investigator said. Gunshots were heard moments later. The son told his mother he had just shot his wife, and he went into his bedroom and closed the door. The mother called 911.
Deputies and paramedics arrived at the house on Littlefield Lane near Oak Trail Road about 9 p.m.
The son was found dead in the bedroom.
Sheriff’s homicide investigators said both the son’s mother and the wife’s mother had been visiting at the house for several weeks. The wife’s mother also was in the house when the shots were fired.
Investigators said it was not known why the couple had been arguing.

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