On Friday, a 56-year-old man who works for the state was arrested by the police on suspicion of killing two adults and two children in a quiet Northern California neighborhood.
The names of the victims weren’t released by the authorities, however, friends and relatives of a young family that lived in the Sacramento house feared the worst.
One of the victims’ neighbors, Rita Munoz said her grandchildren played with the boy, 11, and girl, 14, who lived with their mother in the house.
She added that her neighbor’s mother arrived shortly after the murders to the house, she learned what has happened in the house and was heard crying: “Oh my gosh, my only baby. My grandbabies are all gone,”
Munoz said that she overheard the grieving woman say: “I told her not to go back to him.”
Sacramento police refused to discuss the nature of the relationship between the suspect and the victims, they also said that they haven’t determined a motive yet.
Salvador Vasquez-Oliva was originally detained by police in San Francisco about 90 miles (145 kilometers) away on Thursday afternoon, he was formally arrested on Friday morning.
According to police spokesman Sgt. Bryce Heinlein, he’s being held in the Sacramento County Jail.
On Thursday morning, a relative reported that something might be wrong which prompted the police to break into the home, that’s when they discovered the four victims.
Investigators quickly singled out Vasquez-Oliva. He is from Sacramento, according to police, however, records show he is also is associated with an apartment near the University of San Francisco, six blocks from where police found him. The building is in a nice neighborhood, but is worn and run down.
Vasquez-Oliva has been employed by the California Employment Development Department, which administers the state’s unemployment checks, as an office technician since 2014.
Police have not said when or how the victims were killed.