UPDATE: Officials investigating murder-suicide involving mother and son ID pair

UPDATE: Monday, July 16, 4:50 p.m.

MECCA — Officials have identified two people who died in a suspected murder-suicide last week. The pair, reported to be a mother and son, both died at the scene of the shooting, which happened on the 53000 block of Cesar Chavez Street, in the unincorporated community of Mecca.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials identified today 56-year-old, Lourdes Guillen Alvarez and Alejandro Alvarez, 36, as the pair who died in the incident. According to a coroner’s release, both subjects were pronounced deceased at 5:54 p.m., when officials arrived at the scene.

Officials investigating the deadly incident have not provided any further details regarding their investigation, which is active and ongoing.


MECCA — Officials are investigating a possible murder-suicide involving a mother and son that was reported early Thursday evening, July 12. The deadly incident happened at the Cedar Springs apartments on the 53000 block of Cesar Chavez Street, between 62nd and 64th Avenues, in the unincorporated community of Mecca, north of the Salton Sea.


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Deputies assigned to the Coachella Police Station were dispatched to the apartment complex at 5:44 p.m., after receiving a 911 from a person reporting a homicide.

The 911 caller told emergency dispatchers he had just returned home to his apartment and “found two deceased family members inside,” Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Wallace Clear explained after the incident.

Deputies arrived within minutes and located the two deceased individuals.

Based on the circumstances, investigators from the Thermal Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

According to KESQ, Riverside County Sheriff’s investigators have said their investigation uncovered that the son killed his mother before taking his own life. The gruesome scene was discovered and reported to law enforcement by a younger brother in the family.

Officials have not released the names of the family members involved, pending further investigation and notification of the victim’s family.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Bishop at (951) 955-2777, or Thermal Station Investigator Ortega at (760) 863-8990. Callers can refer to incident file number Y181930045 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 47, recently moved to Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations, including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook, as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and The Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 – soon to be 15 – grandchildren.

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