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 - Youth Kills Ex-Girlfriend, Her Sister, Self By...
Youth Kills Ex-Girlfriend, Her Sister, Self By VIRGINIA ESCALANTE and TIM WATERS, Times Stall Writers A rejected teen-age suitor Invaded his former girlfriend's Santa Fe Springs home at gunpoint Wednesday morning, shooting her and her sister to death and wounding two others before commiting suicide. Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies said Felix Cuovas, 17, apparently spent the night in an adjacent garage before he walked into the house at about 7:15 a.m., carrying a sawed-off ,22-calibcr rifle. Shot at Breakfast His first vtctims-his former girlfriend's sister, Jeanette Morales, 14, whom he shot to death, and their brother, Patrick, 20, and sister. Re-nee, 15, both of whom suffered severe wounds reportedly were finishing breakfast in the kitchen when he opened fire. The gunman then dashed upstairs to the bedroom of his former girl friend, Anna, 17, deputies said. Cue-vas shot her to death as she lay In bed before turning the gun on himself, the officers said, Patrick staggered to the home of a neighbor, Rachel Garcia, who called sheriff's deputies. Moments later, the victims' mother, Patricia Morales, emerged from her home screaming, "Felix went crazy and shot my babies!" Garcia said. Patrick and Rcnec were taken to Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, in Whittier, where both later were reported in fair condition. Each had been shot once, with the bullet in each case passing through an arm and into the abdomen, investigators said. Neighbors said Anna, a senior at Santa Fe High School, and Cuevas, a former student there who had been employed recently at a metal plating shop in Whittier. had mutu ally agreed two weeks ago to break off their 2 '4-year relationship. But a week later, Cuevas asked her to go out with him and she agreed, sheriff's Lt. Gerald Minnls aaid. During the date, an argument developed and Cuevas slapped and struck her, he said, adding that she later filed a complaint against Cuevas. Last Monday, Cuevas voluntarily discussed the matter with deputies in apologetic tones and promised to stay away from the girl, Minnis said. Meanwhile, The Times learned, Cuevas did not report for work and subsequently was fired. Fellow employees at the plating shop said Cuevas, a short, slender youth, was a quiet "loner" who kept to himself. . , . Cuevas, who lived with his mother in Whittier, spent much of his spare time at the Morales home.

Clipped from The Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb 1981, Thu,  Page 247

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