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Josephine Reyes, 65

Josephine Reyes, a 65-year-old Latina, was fatally stabbed Tuesday, May 5, in the 1700 block of Alisar Avenue in Monterey Park, according to Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner's records.

At about 10:45 a.m., a man called 911 to say he had just killed someone, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which was assisting with the investigation.

Officers from the Monterey Park Police Department arrived at the scene and found a man standing outside a home with his hands up. He was taken into custody.

Officers went inside the home and found Reyes with stab wounds. Reyes was pronounced dead at the scene at 11 a.m., according to coroner’s records.

The officers recovered two knives. Authorities said the man who called 911 was the victim's son. It was not clear what prompted the stabbing. 

Alexander Joshua Escobar, a 34-year-old Latino, was charged with one count of murder with the allegation that he used a knife, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. 

Escobar and Reyes lived together, prosecutors said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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