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Fontana man dies after stabbing wife in shower

October 20, 2011 |  1:58 pm

Image: Map shows approximate location of where a man stabbed his wife, then killed himself in Fontana. Source: Google Maps
A Fontana man died in a possible suicide, police said, after repeatedly stabbing his wife during a family fight that also involved their children, who tried to stop the attack.

Officers were called to the family’s home on the 16200 block of Ceres Avenue about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, Fontana police said.

They found Jose Benitez, 36, and his wife, 35, whose name was not released, covered in blood from stab wounds.

Family members told officers Benitez and his wife had been having an argument. When she went to take a shower, he barged into the shower with a knife and began stabbing her, police said.

The family’s children ran to help. Benitez slashed his 19-year-old daughter, who'd stepped in to stop the attack.

The couple’s 14-year-old son found a knife and stabbed Benitez, who, despite the wounds, continued stabbing his wife.

Benitez then stabbed himself. He died in the bathroom, but before dying told officers he had stabbed his wife and then himself, police said.

The wife is expected to survive her injuries, authorities said.

An autopsy will determine which wound -- Benitez's or his son's -- was fatal, police said.

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Image: Map shows approximate location of where a man stabbed his wife, then killed himself in Fontana. Source: Google Maps

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