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Valencia murder-suicide appears planned; motive sought

August 7, 2011 |  9:34 am

Valencia murder-suicide

Authorities are trying to piece together what appears to be a planned attack by a retired dentist that left him and his wife's parents dead.

The man, identified Saturday as Martin Fred Strassner, left a suicide note, but authorities have not revealed its contents. He reportedly had been depressed, but no motive has been released.

"It looks like he planned it and thought about it. He had a note, he had a gun," said Sheriff's Homicide Lt. John Corina.

Strassner apparently picked up his in-laws from their home in West Hollywood on Friday, drove them to his house in Valencia, shot them to death in the driveway and then turned the gun on himself, authorities said.

His wife, who was inside the home when she heard three shots, ran out and discovered the bodies of her 90-year-old mother in the front seat, her 95-year-old father in the back and her husband in the driver's seat.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to the emergency call at about 3:40 p.m. in the 23800 block of Bayview Court in the community of Bridgeport, a quaint, upscale neighborhood.


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Photo: Onlookers gather near the home on Bayview Court in Valencia where a retired dentist apparently shot and killed his wife’s parents and then himself. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times