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Maria Leticia Barerra, 42

Maria Barerra, a 42-year-old Latina, was shot and killed Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the 3100 block of Vane Avenue in El Monte, authorities said.

Barerra and a man were found shot to death inside an El Monte home in what appears to be a murder-suicide, authorities said.

The shootings were reported about 11:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, said Deputy Jeff Cannon of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, which is assisting El Monte police in the investigation.

The relationship between the victims, who were Latino, was unclear, he said. No further details were available.

A woman who identified herself as the daughter of the female victim told KTLA she believed the gunman was a tenant of her mother's. She said her 42-year-old mother had lost her job and was renting rooms to make money.

-- Esmeralda Bermudez

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