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Narcisa Ramirez, 41

Narcisa Ramirez, a 41-year-old Latina, was shot and killed Friday, Aug. 1, in the 8700 block of Tobais Avenue in Panorama City, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Shortly before 10 p.m., Ramirez got into an argument with her common law husband, Faustino Cipres, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said that Cipres, a 44-year-old Latino, had consumed five or more beers before the altercation.

At the time of the incident, the home was full of family members, including the couple’s 10-year-old son; Ramirez's 19-year-old daughter; the daughter's boyfriend; two teenagers, ages 13 and 16; and Ramirez's grandchildren, ages 1, 3 and 4, according to a police.

Cipres then called a friend to say he was going to kill himself, then texted the friend to say he was going to kill Ramirez too. The friend went to the apartment to try to get the Cipres away and heard yelling inside. He then heard gunshots.

After Cipres fired three rounds from a shotgun, Ramirez’s daughter’s boyfriend wrestled the shooter out of the apartment. Cipres then shot himself in the head. Police found a sawed-off shotgun near his body.

Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:59 p.m. said Ed Winter, a coroner’s spokesman.

Police said that in initial checks, they did not find any record of police calls to the apartment while the family lived there.

Anyone with information is asked to call Mission Division Homicide Det. Efren Gutierrez at (818) 838-9948. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Caitlin Owens and Nicole Santa Cruz

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