Man Charged With Murder After Allegedly Strangling 64-Year-Old Woman, Putting Her Body in El Monte Dumpster

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A man has been charged with murder after allegedly strangling his 64-year-old roommate to death and putting her body in a dumpster in El Monte, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Detectives investigate a homicide scene in El Monte on Feb. 4, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)
Detectives investigate a homicide scene in El Monte on Feb. 4, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)

David Lemus-Orellana, 22, faces one count of murder in connection with the death of Florinda Hernandez Vasquez on Tuesday.

Her body was discovered buried under trash in a garbage bin along the 3300 block of Maxson Road that morning.

The person who alerted authorities said they saw a man dragging a woman’s body from a trailer in a mobile home park nearby out to the street.

A neighbor shared home security video that they believe shows Velasquez Fernandez’s killer pushing a large blue tub out to a dumpster Tuesday morning.

Florinda Velasquez Fernandez is seen in an undated photo provided by family members.
Florinda Velasquez Fernandez is seen in an undated photo provided by family members.

Velazquez Fernandez was renting a room in a four-bedroom home in the park that she shared with two brothers and an older man, relatives say.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials announced Lemus-Orellana’s arrest on Wednesday.

A motive behind the killing is unknown.

Bail was set at $2 million and he faces 25 years to life in state prison.

The incident remains under investigation by the El Monte Police Department and the sheriff’s department.

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