Pepper Gardner, a 56-year-old white woman, was pronounced dead on Saturday, Jan. 13, after suffering “trauma to the body” in the 1100 block of West Avenue N12 in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide investigators.
Deputies went to Gardner’s modest Palmdale home around 2:25 p.m. after her daughter-in-law asked authorities to check on her family, said Lt. John Corina.
The daughter was worried, Corina said, because she hadn’t been able to reach anyone at the house where her disabled brother, Richard Gardner III, 52, lived with their father, Richard Gardner II, 78, and the elder man's wife, Pepper Gardner.
When deputies arrived they found the elder Richard Gardner II dead in the small, single-level house, Corina said. A short while later, investigators found his wife and son dead in another part of the house.
All three suffered “trauma to their bodies” that did not involve gunfire, Corina said, but …
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