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UPDATE: New details released on murder-suicide in Capitola

Santa Cruz Co. Sheriff's Office identifies father

8-year-old girl killed by father in...

UPDATE 3/28/17 8:45 P.M.: The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office is releasing new details on a murder-suicide in Capitola.

According to the Sheriff's Office, an autopsy revealed that the 7-year-old girl and her father had gunshot wounds to the head.

Carlos Garcia's death was ruled a suicide and his daughter's death has been ruled a homicide.

The investigation into this case continues.

UPDATE 03/20/2017 1:29 P.M.: Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said the father involved in Sunday's murder-suicide has been identified as Carlos Garcia from Watsonville.

PREVIOUS STORY: A 36-year-old man killed his 7-year-old daughter then himself Sunday afternoon while sitting in a parked car near the west entrance of the Capitola Mall, police said.

According to Chief Terry McManus, the wife of the 36-year old called police around 3 o'clock concerned that her husband was going to commit suicide. The wife also informed police that the 7-year old was with him. When police arrived at the mall they found the 36-year man dead in the driver’s seat. The 7-year-old's body was in the passenger seat, McManus said.  

Both victims died at the scene. 

Police are working to get more details and we will give them to you as soon as they are available.

Suicide Prevention Service's suicide crisis line is 24/7 free, multilingual, and confidential and may be reached at 1-877-663-5433 (ONE-LIFE).


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