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Arrests in slayings that shocked Armenian community

Authorities made arrests this week in unrelated multiple killings that rocked the area's tight-knit Armenian community.

Nerses Arthur Galstyan, 28, and his brother, Samuel Galstyan, were taken into custody Tuesday evening in the Seattle suburb of Kenmore in connection with the April 3 slayings of Hayk Yegnanyan, 25; Sarkis Karadjian, 26; Harut Baburyan, 28; and Vardan Tofalyan, 31, at a Valley Village restaurant.

Police allege that Nerses Galystan committed the quadruple killing because he was fed up with being disrespected by the victims. Two other men were wounded.

Alberd Tersargyan of Los Angeles, who is believed to be 59, was taken into custody Wednesday in connection with the killings of three members of the same family, law enforcement sources told the Times.

In December 2008, a gunman burst into a Hollywood apartment and shot Khachik Safaryan and his 8-year-old daughter. Safaryan's 12-year-old daughter discovered the bodies later that day. Eighteen months later, Safaryan's widow, Karine Hakobyan, 38, was found slumped in her car with a gunshot wound to the back of the head, blocks away from the first crime scene. The daughter, once again, discovered the body.

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-- Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton on April 22, 2010

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