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Family Deaths Seen As Murder-Suicide

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Aired 5/25/11

The deaths of four family members found at a home in Southeast San Diego, are being investigated as a murder-suicide, according to police.

San Diego police said the deaths of four people found at a Bay Terraces home came as a result of a murder-suicide.

The bodies of Alfredo Pimienta, 44, his wife Georgina, 38, and daughters Priscilla, 18 and a senior at High Tech High, and Emily, age 9, were found at their home in the 100 block of Parkcreek Court. Priscilla was found in a bathtub; the other bodies were found in the back-yard pool.

A San Diego police car sits outside of a house Bay Terraces where a family of four was found dead in and around the house on May 24, 2011.
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Above: A San Diego police car sits outside of a house Bay Terraces where a family of four was found dead in and around the house on May 24, 2011.

The causes of death have not been determined, said San Diego police homicide Lt. Ernie Herbert. The motive has not been determined and a suspect has not been identified, he said.

After processing the home for evidence and interviewing family members, homicide detectives found evidence indicating the deaths were a result of murder and suicide, Herbert said.

Autopsies are pending as the investigation continues.

Herbert said a relative went to the home on a cul-de-sac off Parkbrook Street at the request of the male resident “to discuss business,.”

He said the relative saw two bodies in the backyard swimming pool and called 911 about 6:40 a.m.

Firefighters pulled three bodies from the pool. The teenager was found dead in a bathtub, said Maurice Luque, a spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Some of Priscillas friends from High Tech High, where she was to have graduated on June 25, arrived at the scene after the tragedy was revealed. Crying outside the taped-off crime scene, the students described their classmate as "nice" and "lovable."

A man identified as Jose Villa told reporters that Georgina Pimienta was his stepdaughter. He described her as “a hard worker and a loving mother,” adding that he knew of no financial problems or other family troubles.

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