Tuesday , June 25 2024

Police: Teen Daughter Witnessed Selma Murder-Suicide

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<p>Selma&nbsp;police have identified those killed in&nbsp;Monday’s murder-suicide.</p><p>At a press conference Tuesday, Selma Police Chief Greg Garner identified the shooter as 36-year-old Eduardo Felix Escobar of Selma.</p><p>Police suspect him of killing his girlfriend of 19 years Giovanni Loza Cervantes and her cousin Jessica Emmanuel Cervantes.</p><p>One of the couple’s seven children, a 14-year-old girl, witnessed it all, and even tried to take the gun away from her dad, Garner said.</p><p>A preliminary toxicology report shows that Escobar was&nbsp;under the influence of&nbsp;meth, according to Garner. </p><p>Garner&nbsp;said&nbsp;that on Monday around 2:15 p.m., Escobar&nbsp;went to drop off his 14-year-old daughter with her mom at the home where she had been staying when the couple split.</p><p>&quot;Sadly she (the daughter) witnessed the murder of her cousin in the front yard, she witnessed the murder&nbsp;of her mother inside the residence and witnessed her father take his own life,&quot; Garner said.</p><p>Police said the couple had been having problems, and the family was aware of them.</p><p>Outside the home Monday, Escobar argued with&nbsp;Jessica.</p><p>A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, was standing outside in her driveway and saw it happen.</p><p>&quot;She&nbsp;(Jessica)&nbsp;was dialing the police, and he jumped out of the car so fast, that I thought he was going to go hit her or slap her or something, and I saw the gun on the side, and&nbsp;I just froze,&quot; the neighbor said.</p><p>Escobar&nbsp;fired several rounds at Jessica then fired a round at the front door where his daughter had been standing. Escobar then went in and shot Giovanni, Garner said.</p><p>&quot;He then struggled over the gun with his daughter, who at the moment perceived that her father was about to shoot her,&quot; Garner said.</p><p>But instead, he turned the gun on himself, dying hours later.</p><p>Tuesday, neighbors were still in disbelief over the tragedy.</p><p>&quot;We usually have our grandkids playing in the front. And for it to happen like at 2:15 in the afternoon, that’s even scarier–broad daylight, you know. So now, what do you do?&quot; said Mary Torres, who lives across the street.</p><p>Tuesday evening, family and friends were at the crime scene as police continued their investigation.</p><p>One family member removed a truck that had been parked in the driveway with a bullet hole in the windshield.</p><p>Jessica was also a mother with at least one child, Garner said.</p><p>&quot;It’s scary to know stuff like that goes on; especially being a mother, you think of your children. So there’s kids without a mother now–it’s heartbreaking, it’s sad,&quot; said neighbor Tiffany Fabela.</p><p>Garner said Escobar had a history of domestic violence and at the time of the shooting had a felony warrant out for his arrest for domestic-violence related charges.</p><p>The couple’s seven children are now with their grandparents, and&nbsp;CPS is figuring out where to place them, according to Garner.</p></div>

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