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Ralph Simonian, 82

Ralph Simonian, identified by the coroner's office as an 82-year-old white man, was killed Thursday, Nov. 15, in the 900 block of South Holiday Drive in West Covina, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Firefighters responded to a call that Simonian's house was on fire at about 11:15 a.m., said Ed Winter, coroner’s spokesman. They found Simonian on the floor, partially burned and with a slashed throat.

He also had wounds to his chest, abdomen and back, according to preliminary coroner’s records. Simonian was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:30 a.m.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with details about the incident is asked to contact the sheriff's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Adolfo Flores

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