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California Man Reportedly Kills Two Relatives Near Wife's Grave Before Killing Himself


Police said the double-murder-suicide came after years of difficulties the man experienced after his wife’s death.

A couple from North Hollywood visiting a grave in Ontario were fatally shot Saturday by 71-year-old Karapet Kalajian, who later killed himself, authorities said. (Will Lester / The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin via Associated Press)

An man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after killing two family members near his wife’s grave in an Ontario, California, cemetery, police said Sunday.

Karapet Kalajian, 71, had been waiting in his car at Bellevue Memorial Park on Saturday — the eve of the five-year anniversary of his wife's death — when three of his wife’s relatives pulled up to the cemetery in another car, Ontario police Sgt. Jeff Higbee said.

The three family members approached the grave of Kalajian’s wife, who died of cancer Jan. 3, 2011, Higbee said.

According to authorities, Kalajian then stepped out of his car and started walking toward his wife’s sister, Hripsime Minasyan, 59, and her husband, Misak Minasyan, 60, opening fire. Kalajian then shot himself.

Karapet Kalajian, 71, shot two family members then himself in an Ontario cemetery Jan. 2. (Image source: KNBC-TV)

The two relatives, who lived in North Hollywood, died from their injuries. The third relative, whom police described as elderly woman, was not injured in the shooting. Police did not release her identity.

Higbee said the double-murder-suicide came after years of difficulties Kalajian experienced following his wife’s death.

Kalajian had been estranged from his wife’s family for more than a year, Higbee said.

The shooting remains under investigation by the Ontario Police Department.

(H/T: LA Times)

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