Authorities identify family members killed in apparent murder-suicide

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Authorities released the names Thursday of three family members shot to death this week in an apparent murder-suicide at a South Bay motel.

Patrol officers found the bodies of Maurillo Jaimes, 38, his 16-year-old son, Marco, and 11-year-old daughter, Maria, at the lodge in the 1400 block of National City Boulevard while conducting a welfare check at the request of the children's mother shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to police and the county Medical Examiner's Office.

Jaimes apparently shot his children before turning the gun on himself, Sgt. Julian Villagomez told reporters. The bodies of the boy and girl were on a bed, and their father was lying on the floor near a gun, the sergeant said.

No note was found.

A distraught woman who identified herself as the children's mother made an emergency call after knocking at the door of their rented room and getting no response, Paradise Motel custodian Fernando Ayon told news crews.

“She mentioned something about the man (having) called her,” Ayon said. “And … he was saying that he was going to commit suicide, or something like that. She was very concerned for the children.”

Friends of the slain children told reporters that Jaimes and his wife had recently separated.

No one at or near the inn reported hearing gunfire in the hours before the bodies were found, Villagomez said.


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