Pasadena police: Man kills girlfriend, her daughter, then himself
A Pasadena man fatally shot his girlfriend and her teenage daughter before turning the gun on himself, Pasadena police said Wednesday.
Relatives of Eduardo Rodriguez said the 49-year-old man was having relationship problems with his girlfriend, Claudia Pompa-Garza. Investigators said that after shooting the woman and her 17-year-old daughter, Tonia Pompa, Rodriguez killed himself.
Officers were called to the home, in the 3000 block of Lafferty, shortly after midnight on Jan. 20.
Pompa-Garza's 8-year-old daughter also lived at the house, but it was unclear whether she was there at the time and saw the shootings.
Rodriguez had been living with Pompa-Garza, 41, for almost two years while separated from his wife, his family said.
"We knew that he was having problems with the lady he was living with, but we never thought he would do something crazy like this," said his niece, Mara Chapa.
Chapa said Rodriguez had been troubled in the days leading up to the shootings, often calling her father, Rodriguez's brother.
Rodriguez's wife and four children, 14 to 26 years old, arrived from Mexico on Wednesday to give their father a proper burial, Chapa said.
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