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Murder-suicide leaves 4 dead in California home


MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) -- One of four people found dead in a suburban Southern California home killed the other three before committing suicide, authorities said.

On Wednesday, Orange County coroner's investigators are expected to release the names and relationships of the two male and two female victims and provide more information on how they died.

The bodies at the home in Mission Viejo were discovered by Orange County deputies responding to a 911 call from a relative, sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

Hallock initially said no suspects were being sought and later disclosed that investigators had determined it was a murder-suicide. He provided only the genders of the victims and said nothing about their ages, relationships or which of them was believed to be the killer.

The bodies remained in the home for most of the day while detectives and coroner's officials examined the scene.

The house is located in a development called Pacific Hills, a modern neighborhood of two-story, upscale homes on winding streets.

Mission Viejo is a city of about 95,000 in the southern section of Orange County about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

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weeeally May 27 2014 at 7:00 PM

Wow, some of you people are truly illiterate. Welfare in this case is pertaining to their 'WELL BEING". SMDH

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uclanc May 27 2014 at 7:00 PM

I can't believe how unintelligent this board is. Numerous people do not know the meaning of the word "welfare". It is not even funny, it is actually pretty sad.

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Lovingwater May 27 2014 at 7:10 PM

Do these AOl journalists actually attend journalism classes or just bluff their way through them? "The dead people," sounds like something a 3rd-grader would say. It's "deceased." Have some respect.

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Becky May 27 2014 at 6:53 PM

Not that type of a "welfare". It also means to check on the "welfare" of people. Meaning to check to see if they are fine.

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tcb6888095 May 27 2014 at 7:12 PM

As a retired Police Officer I made many welfare checks. They were always to see if the was okay as some folks neglect their families leaving those who care in limbo as to if they are well, sick or what ever and they get concerned. Occassionally we find some alive but unable to care for themselves and we can take appropriate action. Rareky do we find this kind of scene. Sometimes a lone person has passed away and is just laying there stinking up the place. Not all calls are from family, some just concerned neighbors or friends.

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abbafan320 May 27 2014 at 7:00 PM

Welfare means the relative asked police to ck on the welfare of the family, possibly because they hadn't been heard from, didn't show up for work, etc. It has NOTHING to do with govt welfare! Please...

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jlrbc54 abbafan320 May 27 2014 at 8:40 PM


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lwainscot abbafan320 May 28 2014 at 12:30 AM

To many of these morons, "welfare" means only one thing, free money for sitting on your behind doing nothing but making babies. WELFARE, is the overall well being of a person: making sure they are alive and well. Just goes to show how far the liberal agenda has warped our vocabulary.

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rlmcanoe May 27 2014 at 6:45 PM

I don't understand, when someone is not happy, why not just do yourself in and let your family grieve, why do you have to take others with you and make more families suffer.

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moradadavislodi May 27 2014 at 7:30 PM

Orange County Register identifies them as Mark and Lydia Sheer. They have an adult son and a teenage daughter and neighbors say they were a normal, happy family. Nobody really knows what goes on behind closed doors.

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Doc May 27 2014 at 6:46 PM

Surely you jest. "welfare" meaning - I'm concerned about these individuals because I haven't heard from them in a few days. I need to know that they're alright.

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rivertown22 May 27 2014 at 6:55 PM

For those confused, Welfare, in meaning to check the welfare of the people, not welfare as in government aid!

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karenkelley26 rivertown22 May 27 2014 at 6:59 PM

Exactly, where I live it is called a well being check. But it is the same thing.

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jano karenkelley26 May 28 2014 at 6:51 AM

no confusion here.

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