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Oxnard shootings: Jealousy drove man to kill 2, self - family

January 30, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Oxnard police say a man shot and killed the mother of his two young children and their grandmother, and then drove home and took his own life. Investigators are not releasing many details, but the victims' family members are speaking out.

Family members of 22-year-old Adriana Davalos say her former boyfriend, a man in his 50s, and father of their two children, shot her and her mother Lucila Davalos to death at their apartment around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. They say the man was outraged that Davalos was pregnant with a third child by her current boyfriend, and he had vowed to kill her.

"Jealous, came over, my mom told him to go away," said Juan Figueroa. "Guy goes to the car, puts his daughters in the car like a normal day, comes back with a gun, shoots my sister in the stomach."

Neighbor Maria Silva said she and her husband heard the gunshots. When her husband went to see what was going on, he saw a woman on the ground. Silva said the woman shot outside was about eight months pregnant. Her mother was gunned down in the kitchen.

Police say about 30 minutes later, they received another "shots fired" call. A man was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the 200 block of South Marquita Street.

"He takes his daughters, speeds off in the alley, takes them to his house, drops them off at the neighbor's house, then goes back goes back home apparently, puts a bullet in himself," Figueroa said.

Early that morning, the former boyfriend had warned Davalos that he was going to kill her, Figueroa said. He said he wishes his sister had immediately reported the deadly threat to police.

Marie Aguilar, who lives across the street, said about two months ago, the man told Aguilar that he wanted to kill his daughters' mother.

"That he was going to take them to Utah, and that he was going to kill her over there, and that he was going to come and kill himself," Aguilar said.

She told him not to do it because it wasn't right, and he said, "OK, you saved a life."

"I never thought he was going to do it," she said.

Aguilar said the couple was involved in a custody dispute. Police say there were two young children home when the shots were fired. They were not injured and were placed in protective custody.

Family members say they are holding a car wash to raise money to bury their loved ones. It will be held at the Colonia Library, 1500 Camino Del Sol, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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