Mother And Children Stabbed To Death After She Rejected Marriage Proposal From Their Father
A woman and her two children were stabbed to death in their Riverside home just days after she rejected a marriage proposal from the children's father, according to a restraining order filed just days before.
In her court filing, Laura Reveriano, 25, said that Selvin Chajon Rodriguez, 23, stole her car keys and phone the day she turned down his proposal and warned that her family would be "laid to rest" for rejecting him, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In her filing for a restraining order, Reveriano said that Rodriguez broke a window that shattered on their son and sent a constant stream of threatening text messages, including a vow that he would "put a knife to [her] waist" and take the children they had together with or without her.
Reveriano wrote, "Selvin called and told me he would follow me to the end of the earth and he would kill the kids if they are not with him and there would be nowhere I could hide."
A judge granted a temporary restraining order on August 28, but it hadn't been served on Rodriguez, which meant police weren't involved. (Why police weren't involved when a child had been injured and their lives were threatened doesn't make sense to us.) A hearing was set for September to establish a permanent restraining order and sort out child custody. Two days later Reveriano, and their children Selvin Chajon, 4, and Emily Chajon, 1 were found stabbed to death in their home.
Later that morning Rodriguez was found walking in Corona covered in blood. Corona police say they shot him after he tried to flee. He's still in the hospital, and the Riverside district attorney's office hasn't yet filed charges, the Times reports.
Riverside Police Lt. Guy Toussaint doubts that a restraining order would have helped even if Rodriguez had been served. He told the Times, "We feel terrible that this incident took place.... But even had that restraining order been in place, it might not have stopped this guy from doing the evil thing that he did."