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Missing Fontana Father Found Dead

fontana-missing-manAlejandro Padilla, 40, was found dead inside his charred vehicle in Rialto on July 27, one day after he was reported missing from his home in Fontana.

His daughter’s former boyfriend, Edward Anthony Morales, and one other man, both 18, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Morales’ mother was also booked on suspicion of being an accessory to murder.

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FONTANA, Calif. (KTLA) — One of the suspects arrested in connection with the abduction and murder of a Fontana man has died in an apparent suicide.

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Alma Quezada (left), Edward Morales (center, and Richard Gonzalez (right)

“Richard Gonzalez apparently committed suicide last night while in custody at West Valley Detention Center,” Fontana police Sgt. Doug Imhof said at a news conference Thursday.

Gonzalez, 18, was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell Wednesday night, according to a coroner’s department press release.

Deputies removed the sheet from his neck and began CPR on the unresponsive Gonzalez.

He was then taken by ambulance to San Antonio Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:15 p.m.

Gonzalez and Edward Anthony Morales, 18, were booked on suspicion of murder in the death of 40-year-old Alejandro Padilla.

Padilla was found dead inside his charred vehicle in Rialto on July 27, one day after he was reported missing from his home.

Morales had previously dated Padilla’s daughter, Emily, and knew the victim and his family, according to Fontana police.

Padilla was in the process of filing a restraining order against Morales when he was killed, according to friends.

“He was having problems with Anthony, basically trying to keep Anthony away from his daughter,” family friend Tony Granados said.

Morales has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Morales’ mother, 37-year-old Alma Casada, was also arrested.

She pleaded not guilty to being an accessory to murder.

FONTANA, Calif. (KTLA) — Three people were arrested Tuesday in connection with the abduction and murder of a Fontana man whose body was found in a burned-out car a day after he went missing.

Alejandro Padilla, 40, was found dead inside his charred vehicle in Rialto on July 27.

The car turned up at Flores Park the day after Padilla was reported missing from his home.

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Alma Casada (left), Edward Morales (center), and Richard Gonzalez (right) (Fontana PD)

On Tuesday, Edward Anthony Morales and Richard Gonzalez, both 18, were booked on suspicion of murder.

Morales’ mother, 37-year-old Alma Casada, was also arrested as an accessory to murder.

Morales had previously dated Padilla’s daughter, Emily, and knew the victim and his family, according to Fontana police.

Friends told KTLA that Morales dated Emily Padilla for about a year.

They said the teenager became angry and violent when Emily ended the relationship.

“Anthony seemed pretty obsessed with Emily,” family friend Tony Granados said.

Padilla was in the process of filing a restraining order against Morales when he was killed, according to friends.

“He was having problems with Anthony, basically trying to keep Anthony away from his daughter,” Granados said.

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Alejandro Padilla, 40

During a news conference two weeks ago, Emily Padilla made an impassioned plea for her father’s killer to come forward.

“He doesn’t deserve this. Nobody deserves this…I know that if you were in my position, you’d want to find who killed your father,” she said.

Padilla disappeared on July 26 at about 5 a.m. from the driveway of his home, where authorities believe he was attacked and abducted.

“He was on his way to work like he is every morning, Fontana police Sgt. Doug Imhof said.

“He made the phone call that he makes every morning to a co-worker and then he hasn’t shown up to work.”

When officers arrived, they found signs of a violent and bloody struggle in front of the house, police said.

The husband and father of two most recently worked as a driver for Coca-Cola.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Fontana police at (909) 350-7700.

RIALTO, Calif. (KTLA) — The family of a man whose body was found inside a charred car offered a $10,000 reward Saturday for information leading to whoever was responsible for his death.

Alejandro Padilla, 40, was found dead inside the vehicle on Friday around 10:00 p.m. in Rialto, when firefighters extinguished the car fire, the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s office told the Los Angeles Times.

“He doesn’t deserve this. Nobody deserves this…I know that if you were in my position, you’d want to find who killed your father,” Emily Padilla said during a news conference in front of the family’s home on Saturday.

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The body of Alejandro Padilla was found in his burned-out car days after his disappearance.

The car turned up at Flores Park after Padilla was reported missing from his home hours earlier.  Authorities believe he was attacked and abducted.

Padilla went missing Friday at about 5 a.m. after he was attacked in the driveway of his home, authorities said.

“He was on his way to work like he is every morning, Fontana police Sgt. Doug Imhof told KTLA News.

“He made the phone call that he makes every morning to a co-worker and then he hasn’t shown up to work.”

When officers arrived they found signs of a violent and bloody struggle in front of Padilla’s home, police said.

The husband and father of two most recently worked as a driver for Coca-Cola.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Fontana police at (909) 350-7700.

 

FONTANA, Calif. (KTLA) — Police were searching Friday for a Fontana man who may have been attacked and kidnapped from the driveway of his home.

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Alejandro Padilla, 40

Alejandro Padilla, 40, was leaving for work when a neighbor reported hearing someone calling for help in the 6800 block of Beechcraft Avenue, according to a news release from the Fontana Police Department.

“He was on his way to work like he is every morning, Fontana police Sgt. Doug Imhof said.  “He made the phone call that he makes every morning to a co-worker and then he hasn’t shown up to work.”

When officers arrived they found signs of a violent and bloody struggle in front of Padilla’s home, police said.

Padilla and his car, a black 2009 Nissan Versa with California license plate No. 6GZF702, were both missing.

A long-time friend of Padilla’s came to the house as soon as he heard what happened.

Carlos Granados said what he saw outside the house was disturbing.

“There’s blood right over here where they found his shirt, so apparently when they were dragging him out he must’ve been fighting, ” Carlos Granados.

A broken baseball bat was also found by police, Granados said.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Fontana police at (909) 350-7700.

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