Families Want Answers After 5 Men Die in Fire at Temecula-Area Home for Disabled Adults

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Michelle Glenn offers prayers at a make-shift memorial in front of the home where her cousin, Miguel Ferreyra, and four other adults died in suspicious fire that gutted a care facility at 41400 block of Cruz Way, Temecula, on Aug. 29, 2016. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Miguel Ferreyra was, from what his sisters remember, a baby in the body of a young man. He couldn’t talk. When he wanted something, he pointed and grunted. But physically, they say, he was always strong.

Jared Prudhomme had been diagnosed with autism at age 3. He also couldn’t talk, and he needed help with most of the tasks required for daily living. But like Ferreyra, he was physically able, his former caretaker recalled.

In late August, Ferreyra and Prudhomme were found dead inside the burned remains of a state-licensed and funded home for severely disabled adults in Temecula Valley wine country. The home’s administrator and two other men were also found dead.

Deputies with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department soon said they were investigating the deaths as homicides but have said little since. Coroner’s officials say they have yet to determine a cause of death, though autopsies were completed and the bodies were released to the families.

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