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Amparo Vazquez, 57

Amparo Vazquez, a 57-year-old Latina, was found dead Friday, May 31, in the 12000 block of South Inglewood Avenue in Hawthorne, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

When family members did not hear from Vazquez for two days, they went to her home and found her dead in a closet, said Lt. Dave Coleman with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies responded about 4:45 p.m.  

Vazquez, who was found in a state of decomposition, was pronounced dead at 4:55 p.m. at the home, said Ed Winter, a coroner’s spokesman. An autopsy showed that Vazquez suffered trauma to her head, Winter said.

Nicolas Lopez, a 34-year-old Latino, was arrested on suspicion of murder the next day. Lopez, who is Vazquez's son, has been charged with one count of murder and is being held on $1-million bail, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. He is due in court for a preliminary hearing June 18, according to a spokesman.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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