Authorities Wednesday publicly identified the victims and perpetrator of a murder-suicide that claimed the lives of a North County woman, her brother and her ex-boyfriend.
A visitor found the bodies of Kimberley Williams, 52, Travis Whitt, 50, and Richard Contreras, 52, in the slain woman’s home in the 1400 block of Phil Mar Lane in Vista about 5:30 a.m. Monday, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office.
Autopsies determined that Contreras shot ex-girlfriend Williams and her sibling with a pistol before turning the weapon on himself.
About seven hours before the bodies were discovered, deputies had gone to the home to investigate a disturbance. There, they spoke to Williams and Whitt, who refused to provide any information about the altercation, homicide Lt. Kenn Nelson said.
At about the same time, deputies pulled over Contreras on a nearby street. He told them he had just left Williams’ home after being involved in a fight with her brother.
While questioning Contreras about the violent encounter, deputies decided that he was under the influence of alcohol and arrested him.
After being processed on a DUI charge at the Vista Sheriff’s Station and declining medical treatment for the minor injuries he had suffered in the scuffle with Whitt, Contreras was released on his own recognizance.
Investigators believe that he returned to Williams’ home and carried out the shootings sometime after 2 a.m., according to Nelson.
Detectives were unable to determine what had prompted the fight between Contreras and Whitt, the lieutenant said.
–City News Service
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