Husband and Wife Shot Dead in Suspected Murder-Suicide in Commerce: L.A. County Sheriff

The shooting death of a woman and man in Commerce was being investigated as the suspected murder-suicide of a married couple Friday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators responded to the scene of the shooting in the 6000 block of East Washington Boulevard just before 11 a.m. after receiving a call about a possible suicide, authorities said.

There, they discovered a man and woman believed to be husband and wife who were both shot dead, L.A. County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore said. A gun and a note were found at the scene, he said.

Detectives believe the man fatally shot his wife before turning the gun on himself, Moore said. He said the woman was the mother of two children, ages 12 and 10, while the man had adult children of his own.

Martin Rocha, a cousin of the woman, identified her as “Maria,” saying he was unsure of her last name as she was recently married.

Rocha said she had recently emigrated from El Salvador and described her as a hard-working woman who provided for her son and daughter as single mother before marrying more recently. He said he was not aware of problems between her and her husband.

Her two children are currently staying with their grandfather, Rocha said.

Moore said it does not appear the two children or anyone else was home at the time of the shootings.

The investigation into the deadly shootings is ongoing, and while detectives have not learned of any reported instances of domestic violence, they are still looking into the possibility of abuse that went unreported, according to Moore.

Anyone with information can contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be forwarded to 800-222-8477.