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Lupe Fernandez, 29

Lupe Fernandez, a 29-year-old Latina, was beaten and strangled and died Wednesday, Jan. 13, in the 8900 block of Woodman Avenue in Panorama City, authorities said.

Fernandez's boyfriend Louie Mendoza, a 33-year-old Latino, was arrested in connection with the killing. He was arrested Jan. 14 after a standoff with police and SWAT team members at a house in the 14800 block of Cobalt Street in Sylmar, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Fernandez, of San Fernando, died from apparent blunt trauma at Painful Pleasures Tattoo sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, investigators said.

Her body was taken to the Cobalt Street house, where it was found inside a plastic trash can in a garage, police said.

Mendoza was taken into custody without incident at the house, police said.

—Robert J. Lopez

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