Two California men charged in suspected murder among 'furries'

LOS ANGELES, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Two men were charged on Tuesday in the triple murder of a Southern California couple and their friend in what local media reported may have been a crime among the so-called "furry" community of people who dress up in animal costumes.

Joshua Acosta, 21, and Frank Felix, 25, were both charged with three counts of murder in the case and expected to make initial court appearances later on Tuesday, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said in a statement.

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They are accused of killing Jennifer Goodwill-Yost, 39, her husband Christopher Yost, 34, and their friend Arthur Boucher, 28 at the couple's home in Fullerton early on Saturday.

The three victims were found shot to death in the home later that morning after a child called police to say her parents had died, Fullerton police said in a statement.

Two young children were found unharmed in the home but in the hours after the murder scene was discovered police said that Goodwill-Yost's 17-year-old daughter, Katlynn Goodwill-Yost, had gone missing.

Following the arrests of Acosta, of Texas, and Felix, of Los Angeles, police said that Katlynn Goodwill-Yost had been found safe and that a 17-year-old girl had been taken into custody in connection with the crime.

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BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 22: Furry enthusiasts greet one another at the Eurofurence 2014 conference on August 22, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Furry fandom, a term used in zines as early as 1983 and also known as furrydom, furridom, fur fandom or furdom, refers to a subculture whose followers express an interest in anthropomorphic, or half-human, half-animal, creatures in literature, cartoons, pop culture, or other artistic contexts. Many but not all of the followers of the movement wear furry animal costumes. The earliest citation of anthropomorphic literature regularly cited by furry fans is Aesop's Fables, dating to around 500 BC. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 22: Furry enthusiasts attend the Eurofurence 2014 conference on August 22, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Furry fandom, a term used in zines as early as 1983 and also known as furrydom, furridom, fur fandom or furdom, refers to a subculture whose followers express an interest in anthropomorphic, or half-human, half-animal, creatures in literature, cartoons, pop culture, or other artistic contexts. Many but not all of the followers of the movement wear furry animal costumes. The earliest citation of anthropomorphic literature regularly cited by furry fans is Aesop's Fables, dating to around 500 BC. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 22: Furry enthusiasts attend the Eurofurence 2014 conference on August 22, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Furry fandom, a term used in zines as early as 1983 and also known as furrydom, furridom, fur fandom or furdom, refers to a subculture whose followers express an interest in anthropomorphic, or half-human, half-animal, creatures in literature, cartoons, pop culture, or other artistic contexts. Many but not all of the followers of the movement wear furry animal costumes. The earliest citation of anthropomorphic literature regularly cited by furry fans is Aesop's Fables, dating to around 500 BC. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 22: A Furry enthusiast collects money for charity during the Eurofurence 2014 conference on August 22, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Furry fandom, a term used in zines as early as 1983 and also known as furrydom, furridom, fur fandom or furdom, refers to a subculture whose followers express an interest in anthropomorphic, or half-human, half-animal, creatures in literature, cartoons, pop culture, or other artistic contexts. Many but not all of the followers of the movement wear furry animal costumes. The earliest citation of anthropomorphic literature regularly cited by furry fans is Aesop's Fables, dating to around 500 BC. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 22: Furry enthusiasts attend the Eurofurence 2014 conference on August 22, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Furry fandom, a term used in zines as early as 1983 and also known as furrydom, furridom, fur fandom or furdom, refers to a subculture whose followers express an interest in anthropomorphic, or half-human, half-animal, creatures in literature, cartoons, pop culture, or other artistic contexts. Many but not all of the followers of the movement wear furry animal costumes. The earliest citation of anthropomorphic literature regularly cited by furry fans is Aesop's Fables, dating to around 500 BC. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 22: Furry enthusiasts attend the Eurofurence 2014 conference on August 22, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Furry fandom, a term used in zines as early as 1983 and also known as furrydom, furridom, fur fandom or furdom, refers to a subculture whose followers express an interest in anthropomorphic, or half-human, half-animal, creatures in literature, cartoons, pop culture, or other artistic contexts. Many but not all of the followers of the movement wear furry animal costumes. The earliest citation of anthropomorphic literature regularly cited by furry fans is Aesop's Fables, dating to around 500 BC. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 22: Furry enthusiasts attend the Eurofurence 2014 conference on August 22, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Furry fandom, a term used in zines as early as 1983 and also known as furrydom, furridom, fur fandom or furdom, refers to a subculture whose followers express an interest in anthropomorphic, or half-human, half-animal, creatures in literature, cartoons, pop culture, or other artistic contexts. Many but not all of the followers of the movement wear furry animal costumes. The earliest citation of anthropomorphic literature regularly cited by furry fans is Aesop's Fables, dating to around 500 BC. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 22: Furry enthusiasts attend the Eurofurence 2014 conference on August 22, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Furry fandom, a term used in zines as early as 1983 and also known as furrydom, furridom, fur fandom or furdom, refers to a subculture whose followers express an interest in anthropomorphic, or half-human, half-animal, creatures in literature, cartoons, pop culture, or other artistic contexts. Many but not all of the followers of the movement wear furry animal costumes. The earliest citation of anthropomorphic literature regularly cited by furry fans is Aesop's Fables, dating to around 500 BC. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 22: A Furry enthusiast draws pictures for charity during the Eurofurence 2014 conference on August 22, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Furry fandom, a term used in zines as early as 1983 and also known as furrydom, furridom, fur fandom or furdom, refers to a subculture whose followers express an interest in anthropomorphic, or half-human, half-animal, creatures in literature, cartoons, pop culture, or other artistic contexts. Many but not all of the followers of the movement wear furry animal costumes. The earliest citation of anthropomorphic literature regularly cited by furry fans is Aesop's Fables, dating to around 500 BC. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 22: A Furry enthusiast attends the Eurofurence 2014 conference on August 22, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Furry fandom, a term used in zines as early as 1983 and also known as furrydom, furridom, fur fandom or furdom, refers to a subculture whose followers express an interest in anthropomorphic, or half-human, half-animal, creatures in literature, cartoons, pop culture, or other artistic contexts. Many but not all of the followers of the movement wear furry animal costumes. The earliest citation of anthropomorphic literature regularly cited by furry fans is Aesop's Fables, dating to around 500 BC. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 22: A Furry enthusiast uses a mobile phone as he attends the Eurofurence 2014 conference on August 22, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Furry fandom, a term used in zines as early as 1983 and also known as furrydom, furridom, fur fandom or furdom, refers to a subculture whose followers express an interest in anthropomorphic, or half-human, half-animal, creatures in literature, cartoons, pop culture, or other artistic contexts. Many but not all of the followers of the movement wear furry animal costumes. The earliest citation of anthropomorphic literature regularly cited by furry fans is Aesop's Fables, dating to around 500 BC. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 22: Furry enthusiasts greet one another at the Eurofurence 2014 conference on August 22, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Furry fandom, a term used in zines as early as 1983 and also known as furrydom, furridom, fur fandom or furdom, refers to a subculture whose followers express an interest in anthropomorphic, or half-human, half-animal, creatures in literature, cartoons, pop culture, or other artistic contexts. Many but not all of the followers of the movement wear furry animal costumes. The earliest citation of anthropomorphic literature regularly cited by furry fans is Aesop's Fables, dating to around 500 BC. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 9: 'Fur and Loathing' -- Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) attends 'Fur Con' a 'furries and plushies' convention in order to solve a murder involving a man found dead wearing a raccoon costume, on CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. Image dated October 9, 2003. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images)
(RM) FURCON08-- People who dress up as furry animals 'FURRIES' held a convention in Denver this weekend and on Saturday they parade through downtown. A round 60 people were dress up for the parade. RJ Sangosti/ The Denver Post (Photo By RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 9: 'Fur and Loathing' -- Gil (William Petersen) attends 'Fur Con' a 'furries and plushies' convention in order to solve a murder involving a man found dead wearing a raccoon costume, on CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. Image dated October 9, 2003. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images)
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Authorities declined to say if Katlynn Goodwill-Yost was the third suspect arrested, citing laws about the disclosure of the names of juveniles. Katlynn Goodwill-Yost was not charged in connection with the case on Tuesday.

The Orange County Register newspaper reported that Jennifer Goodwill-Yost, her daughter and both of the suspects in the case have ties to the Southern California "furry" community, which is active on the internet, at conventions and other events.

"A lot of people in our community were devastated," Christopher Parque-Johnson, 23, told the newspaper. "I've been hearing from a lot of people. It bothered everybody."

The Register described Parque-Johnson as an artist and performer who was a member of the SoCalFurs who led a group of furries in placing flowers, cards and candles at the scene of the crime.

Katlynn Goodwill-Yost's social media pages are replete with pictures of her dressed in furry costumes.

"The suspects and the family are known to one another," Fullerton police spokesman Sergeant Jon Radus told reporters at a press conference. "This was not a random act of violence within the community. We do believe this was a specific home that was targeted by these suspects." (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Andrew Hay)

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