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Police Investigate Possible 'Romantic Triangle' in Little Armenia Family Murders

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Karine Hakobyan "was shot in the head and slashed in the throat with a knife," according to the LA County Coroner's office, who have released information regarding the murder of the woman whose body was found in an SUV in Little Armenia last week. Now the LAPD is looking into a possible "romantic triangle" gone sour that might be behind Hakobyan's killing, and the 2008 deaths of her husband and 9-year-old daughter," according to an AP report published in the NY Times.

One theory is that the murders all center around a "personal relationship" that involved the family's late patriarch, Khachik Safaryan. He was found shot to death, along with his younger daughter, by the couple's then 12-year-old. A year and a half later, and that same teen is the one who found the body of her mother, left in a parked car down the street from their apartment, according to LA Now.

Joined by her extended family in mourning, the young lady told reporters she and her relatives "just want them to find the people who did this so they can finally get their punishment."