An unincorporated community in Orange County, North Tustin has a population of approximately 25,000 residents. North Tustin is a specifically designated community for census purposes and is comprised of smaller unincorporated communities:

  • Cowan Heights
  • East Tustin
  • Lemon Heights
  • Panorama Heights
  • Red Hill
  • North Tustin (itself)

North Tustin is an area in Orange County with a relatively low crime rate. This includes a low incidence of violent crimes. In more recent times, there was a killing that is still considered one of the most tragic in North Tustin history, as well as being certainly one of the most bizarre incidents in the area’s history.

North Tustin Woman Guns Down Family Without Any Clear Motive

A 73-year old man and a 41-year old woman called North Tustin home and were the parents of two sons. The boys were 16-years old and 9-years old. The entire family was at home on what appeared to be a typical day.

The matriarch of the family was in one room, the father and sons in other locations in the residence. Out of the blue, the father and oldest son heard a gunshot coming from the room in which the mother had been on her own. The father and oldest son rushed to the room to find that mother, for some inexplicable reason, had fired a shot into the ceiling.

When the two males entered the room, the mother fatally shot her husband and then shot her own son a couple of times in the upper torso. Despite being shot, the 16-year old was able to escape from the residence and get over to a neighbor’s house. The 9-year old boy was uninjured.

The neighbors telephoned the Orange County Sheriff, officers arriving at the scene not long after the shooting. The father was declared dead at the scene. The son who was shot was taken to an area hospital where he was treated. The wounds, although serious, were not deemed life-threatening.

When the sheriff’s deputies arrived at the residence, the 9-year old boy had the murder weapon in his hands. He had taken the gun away from his mother. The murder weapon was described by law enforcement as a high-powered handgun.

The debate over the motives behind the shooting has developed. Friends of the family speculate that the woman was distraught after having a double mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy several months prior. Law enforcement has discounted that theory. Sheriff’s investigators have concluded that the shooting was motivated by financial problems the family was experiencing.

The murdered husband and father was a retired colonel from the Philippines. Before coming to the United States, he was the general manager of the Manila International Airport in the Philippines. 

The mother was taken into custody. She was prosecuted for various crimes, including for killing her husband and shooting her son, among others.

The Aftermath of a Shooting and Biohazard Cleanup in North Tustin

The need for biohazard cleanup in North Tustin can occur for a number of reasons. Some of the most common reasons for this type of remediation are:

  • Homicide
  • Suicide
  • Accidental death
  • Unattended death
  • Violent altercation

The reality is that when a person dies under circumstances that involve this discharge of blood and other bodily fluids, dangerous pathogens can be released into the surrounding environment. These biological materials can present a safety hazard to anyone that comes into contact with them. This includes family members and others who might initially be inclined to clean up the aftermath of one of these types of incidents.

If a violent or traumatic event occurs in a residence, the surviving owners or occupants of those premises are responsible for the cleanup. Neither the sheriff, the Orange County Coroner nor any other agency undertakes biohazard cleanup in North Tustin in private property.

Not only are there potentially significant risks to physical safety when it comes to cleaning up the aftermath of a violent incident, but there are also important emotional factors to bear in mind as well. When a family loses a loved one by homicide, suicide, or in some other sudden way, they have a challenging bereavement process without making it more complex by taking on the cleanup process personally.

When considering the need for a thorough cleanup, the need to lessen risks, and the need to protect the emotional wellbeing of loved ones, the recommended course is to retain the services of a compassionate, experienced biohazard cleanup in North Tustin professional. In addition, individuals who’ve lost a loved one in a traumatic or violent manner should also consider obtaining professional grief counseling. North Tustin grief therapists include:

The Self Center
18671 Allegheny Drive
North Tustin
, California 92705
(714) 643-8021

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