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Zerfie Getahun, 33

Zerfie Getahun, a 33-year-old woman of Ethiopian descent, was fatally stabbed multiple times, as was her father, at 1230 W. 39th Street in LAPD's Southwest Division either Nov. 19 or Nov. 20, although her body was not found until several days later. Her father, the other victim of this double homicide, was identified as Getahun Reta, 75. According to LAPD South Bureau detectives, father and daughter were stabbed inside the home by Reta's 33-year-old son, possibly a step- or half-brother to Zerfie.

The son then drove up to a rural area of Fresno and dumped the father's dismembered body on the side of a freeway. He then returned and took Zerfie Getahun's body and dumped it along the 101 Freeway south of Santa Barbara. Fresno police found the father's body, and traced the case back to Los Angeles.

When police went to the home and knocked on the door, Reta's son tried to climb out a window to escape. But he was caught, and charged.

Zerfie Getahun is listed as a homicide in Los Angeles County; her father's case was officially a Fresno County coroner case as of today.

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