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Man suspected in deaths of his mother and brother in Pico Rivera

April 3, 2011 |  6:32 pm

A man arrested on assault charges for allegedly attacking his brother in Pico Rivera is also a suspect in the deaths of two family members, according to authorities.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call Saturday at 11:30 p.m. in the 8900 block of Gallatin Road in Pico Rivera, where they found the suspect and the bodies of his mother and brother.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Sunday identified the victims as Martha Garcia, 78, of Pico Rivera and her son, Jorge Garcia, 52, also of Pico Rivera. Martha Garcia had been stabbed and Jorge sustained blunt-force trauma wounds.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly attacking another brother, who called 911 call and was treated at a local hospital.

Neither man was identified. The suspect is in custody and a Sheriff’s Department spokesman said detectives are continuing their investigation.


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