Coroner: siblings found dead inside burning Azusa home all committed suicide

AZUSA – Three grieving siblings found dead inside their burning home faced eviction and apparently entered into a suicide pact following the death of their parents, officials and experts said.

George Alva, 53, Christine Alva, 47, and Barbara Alva, 49, all died after shooting themselves in the head, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s officials said.

Records show the house at 525 N. Dalton Ave. in Azusa went into foreclosure in June. Family friend Nola Dewester said the family faced eviction and expected to move out the day they died, she said.

George Alva died from a gunshot wound to the head. The two sisters both died from shotgun wounds to the head, coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral said.


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