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9-1-1 Call From Bell Gardens Mayor's Shooting Released: 'It Wasn't My Mom's Fault'

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The 9-1-1 call that the son of Mayor Daniel Crespo made after the mayor was fatally shothas been released.The mayor's longtime wife Lyvette Crespo allegedly shot and killed her husband after their 19-year-old son Daniel Crespo, Jr. intervened in a fight between the couple. Lyvette apparently went to get a gun when the mayor began punching their son. NBC Los Angeles posted the audio of the 9-1-1 call made after the shooting, and here's a transcript:

Crespo Jr.: "My parents got in an argument and there were shots fired."
Dispatcher: "Ok, where is your friend, the one that got shot, where is he at?"
Crespo Jr.: "It's my father, he's in the house, okay, it wasn't my mom's fault."
Dispatcher: "Okay."
Crespo Jr.: "She was defending herself."
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Crespo Jr.: "She's upstairs, she's crying.
Dispatcher: "That's fine, where is the gun?"
Crespo Jr.: "The gun is on the floor upstairs. Please get here."

Several sources, including friends and the attorneys for both Lyvette and her children, have said or hinted that Crespo was abusive. The family says they're cooperating with police in the investigation, and so far no arrests have been made. Claudia Osuna, the attorney for children Daniel Jr. and Crystal, told NBC Los Angeles, "Right now the children stand behind their mother, they are grieving the loss of their father and they will cooperate—specifically Daniel will cooperate, with law enforcement."

Daniel Crespo's brother William, however, wasn't so sympathetic to the family's self-defense story: "If it was that, she should've called 911. She shouldn't take matters into her own hands. She's not the cops." But he added, "I love her; I still love her. She's still my sister-in-law; I'm always going to love her."