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Deaths of four San Diego family members investigated as murder-suicide, police say

May 24, 2011 |  4:57 pm

Police said they are investigating the deaths of four members of a San Diego family found in a backyard swimming pool and a bathtub inside the house as a murder-suicide.

The dead were identified as Alfredo and Georgina Pimienta and their daughters, Priscilla, 17, and Emily, 9, said Lt. Ernie Herbert. All appeared to have drowned but the cause of death remains under investigation.

A relative stumbled on the scene early Tuesday at the house on Parkcreek Court, which left friends and neighbors grief-stricken and mystified.

Que Paso?” -– What happened? -- cried a woman identified as Georgina Pimienta’s mother, as she collapsed into the arms of her husband, Jose Villa, after arriving at the tidy cul-de-sac in the Skyline neighborhood where her daughter’s family had lived for at least a year.

Nothing about the family’s life in the working-class neighborhood east of downtown foretold trouble, said relatives, friends and neighbors. Alfredo was a tow truck operator who seemed to get along well with his wife. Emily liked to bike around the quiet streets with other children; Priscilla was a studious teenager who was looking forward to college.

Alex Jasmund, 17, said he went to the movies Monday afternoon to see “Priest” with Priscilla, who he described as his best friend at San Diego’s High Tech High School. Afterward, he said they went out for yogurt and then sat by Priscilla's pool and talked about their upcoming senior prom.

Priscilla was unique, Jasmund said, a lively, quirky and funny girl.  

“Nothing seemed wrong,” said Jasmund, whose father brought him to the neighborhood Tuesday. “How did this happen? And why did this happen?”

 Police said a relative received a call from Alfredo Pimienta, asking him to come over to discuss a business transaction. When the relative arrived, he found two bodies in the pool and called police. Officers and paramedics found a third body in the pool and a fourth in a bathtub inside the house. Efforts to revive the victims failed, police said.

Neighbor Marlon Soriano, 22, said he last saw the family on Sunday afternoon. Alfredo was unloading tools and lumber for a house project, and the two girls were playing in the front yard. “They seemed like a real close family,” Soriano said. “There was no indication that anything was going wrong.”


Friends and relatives stunned by deaths of San Diego family found dead in pool

San Diego drowning victims believed to be members of same family

Photos: San Diego drowning scene

-- Tony Perry, Richard Marosi and Don Bartletti in San Diego

Photo: Four members of a San Diego family were found dead in a swimming pool and a bathtub. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Video credit: KSWB-TV Fox 5, San Diego