Photo: Fresno Woman, Aide Mendez shoots her children, boyfriend, cousin, and self
A California woman is at the center of a horrific murder-suicide that resulted in the loss of four lives, while one hangs on his.
After a fight with her boyfriend, 33-year-old Eduardo Lopez, Aide Mendez, 23, allegedly shot him, her 17-month-old daughter, 3-year-old son, and the Lopez’s cousin. After the attacks on her family, she then killed herself.
Police say that just hours before Sunday’s murder-suicide, Mendez recorded herself and Lopez’s cousin Paul Medina, 27, smoking methamphetamine on an iPad.
She would later kill Medina, her children Aliyah and Isaiah Echeverria, and shoot and stab Lopez, who remains in critical condition at Community Regional Medical Center.
Neighbor Jesus Gonzalez told local ABC affiliate KFSN-TV that just after 7 a.m. he heard gun shots followed by banging on his door. He answered it to find a man bleeding profusely. The man was Lopez. Before Gonzalez could get Lopez inside his apartment Mendez tried to drag him away. When he tried to ask her what happened, Mendez ran off.
Police found Mendez and her small children in the bathroom, the children being in the bathtub. The boy was found dead at the scene and police tried resuscitate the girl, but she later died at a hospital.
About 10 grams of methamphetamine were found in the apartment along with $8,000 in cash and firearms. Of the three guns found, two had been used in the murder-suicide.
Neighbors said they never saw signs of violence in the home, and investigators are still trying to determine a motive.
Family members said Mendez had not handled things well after she had a miscarriage some years ago, but saw no indication that she could do something like this.
Another child had been in the home during the shootings, a 7-year-old girl who lived in the same apartment complex. Luckily, she managed to escape unharmed.