2 identified in Calif. parking lot murder-suicide

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Posted: Sep 29, 2011 2:45 PM
2 identified in Calif. parking lot murder-suicide

A murder-suicide in the parking lot at Patriot High School, which forced a three-hour school lockdown and alarmed some witnesses, involved a school volunteer and her husband.

Maria Aguirre, 61, of Riverside, was pronounced dead at a local hospital after Wednesday's shooting, the Riverside County Coroner said Thursday. Her husband, Donaciano Aguirre, 64, died in the parking lot.

Investigators have not released a motive.

"She's my sister. She is a beautiful person," Robert Salitre told the Riverside Press-Enterprise at the hospital. He said the couple appeared to have a good relationship.

About a dozen people, including some students, saw the shooting at the beginning of the school's first lunch period.

Zachary Wisdom, 18, had just driven into the school parking lot to deliver lunch money to his brother, he told the Press-Enterprise.

He said he heard and saw a man shoot a woman twice as she sat in a car.

She fell out of the car and the man stood over her and fired another round at her chest, Wisdom said. The gunman then pointed the gun at his mouth and pulled the trigger.

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"It looked like it was from a movie. I couldn't believe it," Wisdom said. "Right now I'm still in shock about it. I'm shocked how he reacted so calmly. He really didn't act scared or mad or anything."

Jurupa Valley is about 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.