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Sonia Risken, 60 [Updated]

Sonia Risken, a 60-year-old woman of Filipino descent, was shot dead at 1819 W. 252nd St. She had been dead several hours when an unidentified man discovered her body at her house. Her time of death was listed as 2:45 p.m. Friday, April 27.

Risken had been a target of an inquiry into the murders of her two husbands a decade apart in the Philippines.

She also had been fired upon nine days prior in the Lomita hair salon that she owned, but she was not hit, said Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Hugo Macias. That attack took place April 19 at Sonia's Artistic Hair Center.

[Update Feb. 21, 2011: Two men were convicted in the shooting death of Sonia Risken, according to a Los Angeles County district attorney news release.

The victim's grand-nephew, Eric Santander Delacruz, a 32-year-old Filipino man, and his Navy friend Fernando Romero, a 27-year-old Latino, were found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Delacruz and Romero are scheduled to be sentenced March 16 at the Torrance Superior Court. Both face sentences of 50 years to life in prison.

Several years ago, Risken was named the “Lomita Black Widow” after the shooting deaths of two husbands 19 years apart from each other. Both men were killed while visiting their wife's relatives in the Philippines.

The victims' second husband, Naval officer Larry Risken, died after he was shot in the head on April 18, 2006, officials said. Sonia Risken did not accompany her husband on the trip.

Her first husband, retired U.S. Martine Earl John Bourdeau, was also shot and killed after traveling alone on a business trip. Police say his 1987 murder was a staged robbery attempt at the home of Sonia Risken’s family.]

-- Sarah Ardalani

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