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Miranda Lauren Walton, 26

Miranda Lauren Walton, a 26-year-old Latina, was shot and killed Sunday, Sept. 10, in the 5900 block of Pepperwood Avenue in Lakewood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Residents called 911 at 3:27 p.m. to report that a woman was screaming for the police, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred said.

When deputies arrived, they found Walton and her husband, Austin Wesley McQuade, inside the residence, both with gunshot wounds to the head, Alfred said. The woman screaming for help was Walton’s mother, who lived with the couple and had been away during the day, he said.

Both Walton and McQuade, a 27-year-old white man, were pronounced dead at the scene at 3:52 p.m., according to coroner’s records. 

Walton’s death was ruled a homicide, according to coroner’s records. 

McQuade, who was in the Navy, had come home on leave a day or two earlier, Alfred said. His death was listed as a suicide, according to coroner’s records. 

Investigators don’t know what precipitated the shootings, Alfred said. The couple had been married for about a year and a half and had no children. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

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