Aide Mendez went on a shooting rampage after fighting with the father of her kids, which led to her suicide after she made a bizarre video of herself smoking meth. The victims include her two children, their father and a cousin. This truly makes me sick. Get the latest details on the tragic California murder-suicide here…
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A woman who shot her two children, their father and a cousin before committing suicide took video of herself on her iPad as she smoked methamphetamine prior to the killings, police said today. The apparent murder-suicide by 23-year-old Aide Mendez began Sunday morning when she argued with the father of her two children, 33-year-old Eduardo Lopez at their Central Valley, California apartment.
Police arrived to find Lopez outside the Silver Lakes complex with knife and gunshot wounds, said Lieutenant Mark Salazar, homicide commander for the Fresno Police Department. They heard a muffled shot from inside the first-floor apartment and discovered Mendez had killed herself, her boyfriend’s cousin, Paul Medina, 27, as well as her two children, 17-month-old Aliyah Echeverria and Isaiah Echeverria, three. The boy was found dead on the scene, Salazar said. Police tried to resuscitate the girl but she later died at the hospital.
Lieutenant Mark Salazar said:
‘We do know that drugs played a key role, but we don’t know to what extent. She was seen prior to the shooting smoking methamphetamine. She recorded herself on an iPad showing her and Paul Medina smoking meth. We know the power of meth. Her actions just seemed bizarre; her mannerism, the way she was moving her hands and her facial expressions.’
Salazar said, noting other drugs may have been involved but that it would take weeks before the toxicology reports were complete. He also said the time stamp on the iPad video would have to be tested but preliminary information indicated it was recorded within a few hours of the murder.
Lopez remains in critical condition at Community Regional Medical Center with stab wounds and a gunshot wound to the neck, Salazar said. A seven-year-old girl who was a family friend was staying overnight in the apartment, but escaped unharmed.
Authorities said today they had yet to piece together a motive, but said family members reported that Mendez had lost a baby several years ago, and was still grieving over the loss. Police recovered three firearms in the apartment; two of them used.
Jesus Gonzalez told KFSN-TV, an ABC affiliate in Fresno, that shortly before 7am on Sunday he heard gunshots and then a pounding on his door. He opened the door to find Lopez bleeding profusely. Gonzalez said:
‘I opened the door and he fell in front of me, and I take him and I pull him inside.’
He said that before he could drag Lopez inside, Mendez tried to pull him back outside again. He then shouted before Aide Mendez ran off:
‘Hey, what happened, what happened?’
The family lived in the back of the gated apartment complex, which has neat lawns, trees and a children’s playground. Neighbors said there was no indication of violence between the couple before Sunday’s shootings.