A story for every victim

Marvin Tobar, 21

Marvin Tobar (2007-01-23)

Marvin Tobar, a 21-year-old Latino male, and Renee Spata, an 18-year-old Latina, were found dead in a burning house, their bodies charred, at 10441 N. Danube Ave. in the northeast San Fernando Valley. The time of death was 6:30 a.m. Jan. 23.

Police said Tobar and Spata were ordinary young people with no ties to crime or gangs; he was an office worker for Time/Warner, she was an acquaintance he had been dating recently. They saw a movie in the Valley before heading back to his rental house, where they were discovered dead the next morning by police officers responding to smoke and flames. Investigators are seeking anyone who might have seen the couple the previous evening, perhaps at a theater in the Valley. Call Det. Efren Gutierrez or Det. Terrence Keyser at (818) 838-9948.

-- Jill Leovy

Update: Convicted felon arrested and pending trial for Granada Hills double homicide and other charges

Share a memory or thought about Marvin Tobar

Before you post, here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

Remember, all posts are approved by a Times staffer. Profanity and personal attacks will not be approved.