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Katrina Lynn Barragan, 37

Katrina Lynn Barragan, a 37-year-old Asian woman, died on Sunday, July 2, after she was stabbed in the 4200 block of Jonathon Street in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Barragan and her husband, Rafael Barragan, a 47-year-old Latino, got into an argument at their home the evening of July 1, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore. 

Katrina Barragan called 911 about 11 p.m. and her husband hung up the phone, Moore said. The call triggered deputies to go to the home, Moore said. When they arrived, they found Rafael Barragan outside the house and his wife inside, with  stab wounds, Moore said. 

Katrina Barragan was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead at 12:40 a.m. July 2, according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as multiple stab wounds. 

Moore said at least one of the couple’s two children was in the home during the argument, but it’s not clear if they witnessed the stabbing. 

Katrina Barragan was a nurse at Antelope Valley Hospital, according to the Antelope Valley Times, which reported that a candlelight service was held in the hospital’s Community Resource Center on July 7 to remember Barragan and collect donations for the Valley Oasis Domestic Violence Shelter.

Rafael Barragan was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held in lieu of $2 million bail. On July 5 he was charged with murder, with the allegation that he used a knife, and with preventing a witness from reporting a crime, according to court records. 

His arraignment was continued until Aug. 1 in the Michael Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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