Rudolph Ramos, 78
Rudolph “Rudy” Ramos, a 78-year-old Latino, was pronounced dead Wednesday, April 11, after he was shot in the 1700 block of West Ninth Street in Pomona, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
A family member found Ramos and his wife, Gloria Ramos, a 78-year-old Latina, lying next to each other in their bed about 6:30 p.m., said Pomona Police Sgt. Brian Hagerty.
Both were pronounced dead at the scene at 6:45 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death for both was listed as a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Investigators believe Ramos was shot by his wife, who then shot and killed herself, Hagerty said.
The motive for the shooting is not clear, Hagerty said. The Ramoses had been married for more than 30 years, living all that time in the same house where they died. Two of their adult children lived nearby and checked on them frequently, Hagerty said.
Family members reported that Gloria Ramos had been depressed, Hagerty said. The couple also may have been upset about a letter from state officials regarding their home and the expansion of the 71 Freeway, he said.
“They may have been distraught over having to sell their house [for the freeway expansion], because they lived there all their lives,” Hagerty said. "We haven't confirmed that, so right now we can only assume they were upset about possibly losing their home."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Pomona Police Department at 909-620-2085. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.