Details emerge in Wilmington massacre

The proliferation of despondent adults killing their families in recent months took a turn for the worse Tuesday morning in Wilmington, where a family was shot to death by a father and husband who then turned the gun on himself.

Ervin Lupoe, 40, killed his wife, two sets of twins and another child before turning a gun on himself in the tiny town near the port.

Prior to the massacre, Lupoe sent a fax to KABC detailing his misery. Apparently, Lupoe and his wife had been fired from Kaiser for some sort of impropriety.

Here’s the closing paragraph of his letter:

“So after a horrendous ordeal my wife felt it better to end our lives and why leave our children in someone’s else’s hands, in addition it seems Kiaser Permanente want’s us to kill ourselves and take our family with us. They did nothing to the manager who stated such, and did not attempt to assist us in the matter, knowing we have no job and 5 children under 8 years with no place to go. So here we are.

“Ervin Lupoe

“(Handwritten:) Oh Lord my God is there no hope for a widow’s son!”

Here’s the latest story on the massacre from the Torrance Daily Breeze, and an excerpt:

Lupoe placed calls to the news desk at KABC Channel 7 and the LAPD’s 911 center just before shooting himself at the family’s home in the 1000 block of North McFarland Avenue, police said.

All of the victims were shot in the head, as was Lupoe, police said. Some of the family members were shot more than once.

Lupoe, an X-ray technician at the medical center, wrote in his letter that a supervisor rebuffed him when he tried to talk about his job status, suggesting,

“You should have blown your brains out.”

LAPD is handling the investigation. Covina police, who handled a similar case on Christmas Eve, have not been contacted for assistance or advice, officials said Tuesday.

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The Wilmington massacre

From the Torrance Daily Breeze:


A Wilmington man, despondent over work issues,
killed his wife, three daughters and two sons before committing suicide
in his home this morning, police believe.

Though officials have not released the man’s identity, he is
believed to be Ervin Antonio Lupoe, 40. His wife is believed to be Ana
Elizabeth Lupoe.

Los Angeles police officers found the bodies of Lupoe and his family
about 8:30 a.m. in various rooms of the home in the 1000 block of North
McFarland Avenue

Police went to the home within minutes after Lupoe faxed a two-page
typed letter to KABC Channel 7 and placed a phone call to the station
to tell them he was going to kill his family, said Los Angeles Police
Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner.

Somebody at the station called the Harbor Division to report the
incident. While they were talking, Lupoe called 911 and told them he
had just gotten home and found that his whole family had been killed.

When police arrived, they could detect the scent of recent gunshots.

Police found the bodies of Lupoe and his wife, his 8-year-old daughter, twin 5-year-old daughters and twin 2-year-old sons.

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Bodies discovered in Wilmington home *

Fox 11 is reporting as many as seven bodies have been found in a Wilmington home this morning.  LA Times has five, AP reporting two.
Here’s the AP story, sounds like a murder-suicide:

LOS ANGELES–Los Angeles police say they’ve found at least two bodies in a Wilmington home.

Ana Aguirre says officers got a call about a shooting shortly before
8:30 a.m. Tuesday. They went to the 1000 block of MacFarland Avenue and
found at least two members of the same family dead inside a two-story

Aguirre says there are at least two bodies but the home hasn’t been completely searched and there may be more.

Other details are unclear but Aguirre says police aren’t actively looking for a killer.

Looks like the total is six bodies. Murder-suicide now more likely, according to the latest AP story, which begins like this:

A father apparently distraught over job problems shot and killed his wife and five young children and then committed suicide at their home Tuesday, police said. The victims
included two sets of twins.

The bodies were found when police responded to a report of a shooting
in progress in the Wilmington area shortly before 8:30 a.m., Officer
Sam Park said. The bodies were found throughout the McFarland Avenue

The victims were not immediately identified.

Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner said the man killed his wife, an 8-year-old
girl, twin 5-year-old daughters and twin 2-year-old sons. He then
killed himself.

“He was despondent, clearly, over his job situation,” Garner said.

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