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Funerals planned for slain Wilmington family [UPDATED]

February 4, 2009 |  8:48 am

Updated at 3:10 p.m.: An earlier version of this post reported that a second funeral was scheduled for Friday, but it is scheduled for Thursday. The post also quoted a spokeswoman from the Guatemalan Consulate as saying two services were being held so the mother and daughters could be flown to Guatemala for burial, but a spokeswoman for one of the churches said the reason for the separate services is to have one in English and one in Spanish. 


Funeral services are planned for tonight and Thursday for the seven members of a Wilmington family -- a mother and father and their five children, including two sets of twins -- who were killed in a murder-suicide at their home.

Ervin Lupoe, 40, shot his wife Ana Lupoe, and their children Jan. 26 before turning the gun on himself. Police believe the shootings were related to the fact that Ervin and Ana had recently been fired from their jobs at Kaiser for trying to defraud their employer.

There will be two services for the family, one in English and one in Spanish, said Pamela Martin, a spokeswoman for Cochran Avenue Baptist Church in Los Angeles, where the English-language service will take place Thursday at noon at 1304 S. Cochran Ave.

The Spanish-language service will be held for Ervin and Ana Lupoe, 43, a native of Guatemala, their three daughters, Brittney, 8, and 5-year-old twins Jassely and Jazmin, and their 2-year-old twin boys, Christian and Benjamin, tonight at 7 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1366 S. Alvarado St., Los Angeles.

Both services are open to the public, said Aurora Samteria, a spokeswoman for the Guatemalan Consulate General in Los Angeles, where Ervin and Ana's relatives met to discuss the arrangements.

-- Ruben Vives

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