The Los Angeles County coroner has identified the victims of the brutal murder of a grandmother and her four grandchildren, including a boy under the age of 2, in the high desert of Southern California.
The father of the children, a security guard whose online posts talked about leading a good and religious life and who has been arrested on suspicion of murder, is due in court on Tuesday.
Authorities have not disclosed the possible motive for the weekend’s attack in Lancaster, a town in the high desert community of Antelope Valley, north of Los Angeles.
The coroner’s office said the dead are: Ericka England, 51; Namyia David, 11 years old; Germarcus David Jr., 7; Kaden David, 2; and Noah David, 19 months old. The coroner’s office has yet to perform an autopsy on the victims, but authorities have previously said they were shot in the upper torso and died at the scene.
England looked after her grandchildren. The mother of the children returned home on Sunday evening to locate her family’s bodies and called 911, authorities said.
Grace Beltran, who lives three houses away, said a woman walked back and forth to their front yard shouting, âMy babies are gone! They are all dead!
Germarcus David, 29, surrendered to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies minutes after his wife arrived home. He remained jailed on $ 2 million bail and was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.
âDoing that to children is cowardly. It’s just amazing, âWaki Jones, who has worked with the family through his Lancaster daycare, told the Los Angeles Times.
Sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Dean said he was not aware of any previous reports of domestic violence at the home and that David did not have a restraining order against him. Investigators questioned David and his wife, but Dean declined to discuss what they told detectives.
England had been a state prison officer since 1997 and was working at Lancaster State Prison when she was killed, according to the union which represents correctional officers.
âWe are heartbroken to learn of this tragedy and we will do all we can to support his family,â said Glen Stailey, president of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. âWe mourn our friend and colleague. “
David was a licensed security guard and held a license to carry a firearm, but it expired in August 2020 and was listed as canceled, according to records from the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, which regulates the industry. private security.
What appeared to be David’s Facebook page includes a photograph of a crucifix and posts from late October and earlier this month offering spiritual and moral perspectives.
âJust know that God loves you when you don’t feel loved,â David said in a Nov. 16 article.
âThe love I give will overflow from heart to heart like a gift that keeps on giving. I will be one of the reasons others believe in the true goodness of this world, âDavid wrote on October 27, adding,â This is what I want my legacy to be. This is what I want my children to grow up seeing.
The murders took place in a neighborhood of clean, modern houses, some decorated for Christmas.
James Martin, 32, who lives nearby, said death had broken his heart.
âI don’t understand it,â he said. “I know things get tough, but it’s never worth taking the life – the life – of anyone.”
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