Salvador Vasquez Oliva, an illegal immigrant, was arrested by police and arraigned later that day for the murder of his wife, two children, and niece, in a quiet neighborhood of Sacramento, California.
Police tragically found four bodies in a house. Oliva tried to escape but police tracked him down several hours later in San Francisco. It appeared that Oliva and his wife have been estranged for a long time, and the motive for the killings has not been discovered by officials yet.
Angelique Vasquez, 45; her daughter, Mia Vasquez, 14; her son, Alvin Vasquez, 11; and Ashley Coleman, 21, were all found dead. The cause of death was not reported to the media.
A source close to the mother Angelique says that, “She didn’t really talk about him [referring to Oliva], at least not to me. I know they had problems like any relationship but never heard any stories of physical abuse.”
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Sacramento City Unified School District officials said Sunday the two siblings were fifth and eighth-graders who loved sports.
Alvin Vasquez loved basketball and was a fifth-grader who had recently transferred from John Cabrillo Elementary School to Sutterville Elementary School. His sister Mia Vasquez was a goalie on her school’s soccer team. She was an eighth-grader at Sam Brannan Middle School.
Grief counselors will be at the three schools on Monday to help children deal with the loss, officials said.
Police found the victims Thursday when they broke into a single-story home in Sacramento after a relative reported that something might be wrong. Investigators treated the entire house as evidence, McPhail said.
Authorities arrested Salvador Vasquez-Oliva, 56, on suspicion of homicide after finding him in San Francisco, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) away from the killings. They have not named a motive or said what relationship he has to the dead. Police have not said when or how the victims were killed.
A former co-worker described Angelique Vasquez as a devoted mother.
“I loved her free spirit and the way she spoke about her children. She loved them so much,” said Sheila Stewart, who met Vasquez seven years ago in the human resources department of California’s Employment Development Department.
Vasquez had split with her husband “in the past,” Stewart said.
“She didn’t really talk about him, at least not to me,” she said Friday. “I know they had problems like any relationship but never heard any stories of physical abuse.”
Vasquez-Oliva also worked for the Employment Development Department, which administers the state’s unemployment checks. Agency officials said Vasquez-Oliva had worked as an office technician since 2014.