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Police investigate brutal NoHo murders

September 3, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The mystery continues to surround the murders of two sisters whose throats were found slashed in North Hollywood. Their mother remains in a local hospital with serious knife wounds and is considered a person of interest in this case. The bodies were discovered Wednesday at a home on the 7800 block of Irvine Avenue. Grieving family members were back at the North Hollywood home Thursday where the two young women were killed. They were trying to figure out who could have done something so horrific.

The victims have been identified as 12-year-old Edith Moreno and her older sister Diana Moreno, who would have turned 18 years old Thursday.

According to police the sisters throats were cut. Their mother Antonia Gomez, 38, remains hospitalized. She is recovering from serious knife wounds.

Family member Ana Maria Fuentes says the family has no idea who would brutally attack her nieces and sister, even though the LAPD considers Antonia Gomez a person of interest in their investigation.

Fuentes says the home was in foreclosure. Neighbor Phillip Ponce says it is hard to believe that this happened.

"It was shocking to everybody. It's a quiet neighborhood. It was surprising I didn't hear anything because I was home all day," said Ponce. "Then the cops showed up. One of the guys who used to live in the front, his buddy showed up and I guess they were going to hang out or something. He saw the bodies and called the cops."

So while detectives continue to pursue leads in this double murder, the family says they are currently working on raising money to send the bodies to Mexico for burial.

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