Sandra Marlene Dandasnavarro, 34
Sandra Marlene Dandasnavarro, a 34-year-old Latina, was fatally shot on Sunday, Dec. 16, in the 5100 block of Live Oak Street in Cudahy, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Dandasnavarro operated a day care in the home she shared with her boyfriend, 8-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Derrick Alfred.
She and the children were home alone around 11 a.m. when her former boyfriend, Ramon Ramirez Gomez, 31, allegedly came to the house with a gun, looking for her current boyfriend, Alfred said.
"When he couldn't find the boyfriend, he shot and killed his ex-girlfriend inside the home, right in front of her two kids," Alfred said.
The son grabbed his sister and ran out of the house, Alfred said. A passerby noticed the boy running with the toddler in his arms and asked what was wrong.
"The boy named his mom's ex by name, and said, 'He shot my mom,'" Alfred said, "so the passerby scoops them into his car, drives around the corner and calls 911."
When deputies arrived they discovered Dandasnavarro in the kitchen with multiple gunshot wounds and Gomez in a bedroom in the rear of the house with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Both were pronounced dead at the scene at 11:18 a.m., according to coroner's records. Their autopsy results are pending.
"It was a really clean, nice little daycare house," Alfred said. "He comes in, smashes a window, punches the TV and then shoots and kills the mother, and those poor little kids had to witness that. It's a tragedy, absolutely horrific."
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.