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Gilroy police call off search for woman believed killed by son

March 17, 2012 |  9:59 pm

Gilroy police called off a search Saturday for a woman believed to have been killed by her son, a veteran of the Iraq war said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Police said the man, Abel Gutierrez, 27, had killed his 11-year-old sister and then taken his own life earlier in the week. He had recently returned home from deployment.

Martha Gutierrez, Abel's mother, has not been seen since, and evidence in Abel's vehicle suggests she was gravely injured or killed, according to Gilroy Police Sgt. Joseph Deras.

Police had visited the apartment about a month ago after receiving reports from neighbors that Abel was angry, and waking up at night talking about the Taliban, Deras said. He was referred to services at the local Department of Veterans Affairs, but it is not known if he received them.
"This kind of event did not need to happen," said Deras. "It’s senseless."

--Jason Felch