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Details in DTLA Dismemberment Emerge, Reveal Kind Victim

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Edward and Melissa Garcia (LAPD)
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During an emotional press conference today, the LAPD's Newton Division and family members of murder victim Herbert White shared details about the crime and their lost loved one, according to a live report on KTLA. The LAPD provided photos of the suspects in White's murder, Edward Garcia, Jr., 36, and his wife, Melissa Hope Garcia, 25, who may be on their way to their home state of Pennsylvania. They also noted that they are looking into information about a similar crime in Pennsylvania that might involve the Garcias, though no one was killed in that incident.

White's dismembered body was found by a housekeeper in the couple's vacated room at Downtown's Continental Hotel. Relatives say White was a recovering alcoholic who often went out of his way to heed the calls of fellow alcoholics needing help on their path to recovery. Remarking on White's kindness, they also noted that today would have been his 50th birthday.

Anyone with information about the Garcias or the crime is asked to contact the LAPD.