With a population of around 35,000 people, San Juan Capistrano is a community with homes, shopping districts, commercial structures, and public complexes that favor Spanish architecture. This has remained a trend from the founding of the city through to construction projects of the current time period.

San Juan Capistrano is a community with a relatively low crime rate, good schools, and the legendary cliff swallows that depart the city in the fall for Argentina and return annually on or about St. Joseph’s Day in mid-March. In addition to a community that boasts a full spectrum of residents, from families to people enjoying their Golden Years, San Juan Capistrano is a popular tourist destination in the state of California.

A Brutal Murder Stuns the Monied Streets of San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano has many high-dollar residences. Despite the lower crime rate in the community, or perhaps because of it, the community was broadly stunned when a person wielding a firearm opened fire in a tony residence, killing two adults and seriously wounding a young child.

After midnight, at least one – if not more – individuals entered into a residence located on a hilltop in the city. The intruder (or intruders) then opened fire. The gunshots ending up killing an adult couple, a pair who had divorced some years earlier but continued to live together in the same residence as part of their effort to raise their children.

An 8-year old boy was shot during the melee and was taken to an area hospital. There were also two teenage girls in the home at the time of the shooting. They were unharmed. One of the girls called 911. One of the girls was a daughter to the murdered pair of adults, the other girl a visiting friend.

Law enforcement did not offer immediate information about the motive for the murders. Indeed, over time the motive for the killings has remained murky and no one has been prosecuted for the crime. There is a hypothesis that the murders may have arisen from what has been described as complicated business relationships of the murdered pair.

According to law enforcement, the couple was involved in a number of different businesses throughout the years. Indeed, these businesses had resulted in the murdered pair being named as defendants in at least 15 lawsuits in the years prior to their deaths.

Biohazard Cleanup in San Juan Capistrano Following Homicides

The murder of these two people necessarily had a tremendous emotional impact on the family. In addition to the 8-year old boy and the teenage girl, the pair had two adult children that no longer lived at home. Once the San Juan Capistrano Police Department and Orange County Coroner completed their investigation at the residence, the family was left with an unthinkable task. When this type of event occurs, the survivors are responsible for cleaning up.

In this case, the remaining residents of the home were minor children. Thus, as heirs to the murdered pair, the surviving adult children were faced with dealing with this particular instance of biohazard cleanup in San Juan Capistrano.

Families of murder victims should seriously consider seeking professional biohazard cleanup in San Juan Capistrano assistance in the aftermath of a crime. They are significantly better served not taking on the added emotional trauma of cleanup after tragically losing a family member or family members. In addition, a biohazard cleanup in San Juan Capistrano can expose those involved in the process to the risks that potentially can be presented by biohazardous pathogens.

Group and Individual Therapy Following the Sudden, Traumatic Loss of a Loved One

A person who loses a loved one because of a homicide, suicide, or some other type of traumatic and sudden death very well may face seemingly insurmountable grief. The bereavement process may be virtually inconceivable.

There are grief counselors and therapists in San Juan Capistrano that work with people who’ve survived these types of losses. These include professionals who work with juveniles and adolescents.

These professionals can assist a bereaved person in accessing group and individual therapy. As needed, these professionals can also make referrals to psychiatrists if medication may be needed to assist in addressing issues like depression or PTSD, conditions that oftentimes do follow a traumatic event. 

Grief therapists in San Juan Capistrano include:

Capistrano Valley Counseling Center
27322 Calle Arroyo, Suite B
San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
(949) 238-6658

Linda Cleveland-O’Keefe, M.S., LMFT
33161 Camino Capistrano, Suite K1
San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
(949) 436-6916

Dr. John Paul Gray, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
31952 Camino Capistrano, Suite C-12
San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
(949) 647-4065

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