Tue. Apr 23rd, 2024

Three people, including a 17-month-old toddler, are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in south Bakersfield, California on Monday evening, according to Kern County Sheriff’s Office Public Information officer Lori Meza.

According to KCSO, deputies responded to a report of a shooting at a home on South M Street just south of Ming Avenue on October 16 at about 6:15 p.m. When they arrived, deputies found three people inside the residence who appeared to be the victims of a violent assault, officials said.

The Kern County Coroner’s Office released the identities of three people who were killed at the south Bakersfield residence.

Officials identified the victims as 36-year-old April Trujillo Salinas and 17-month-old Mercedes Jimenez.

It is unknown if 30-year-old Luis Carlos Jimenez is the father of Mercedes. Jimenez died at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Deputies confirmed that Salinas was the mother of Mercedes. The relationship between Luis Carlos and Salinas is unknown.

According to officials, all three died at the scene.

No further information about the incident was released by sheriff’s officials.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or the Kern Secret Witness hotline at 661-322-4040.

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