Yesterday in Oceanside, a working-class community north of San Diego, two bodies were found:
The bodies of a financially distressed 56-year-old Oceanside man and his sick 52-year-old sister were found in their home Monday afternoon in what police say appears to be a murder-suicide.
The woman's black Labrador dog was also killed.
Police did not release the names of the individuals and declined to give their relationship Monday night, as their relatives were still being told of their deaths. Three neighbors confirmed they were brother and sister.
Oceanside police found the bodies shortly before 4 p.m. in separate bedrooms of their house near the end of a cul-de-sac on Via Metates, just east of College Boulevard.
A gun was found in the room with the man, said Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Mata.
Rodarte and neighbor Mary May both said the siblings were in dire financial straits. They had recently sold their house and were scheduled to leave Tuesday.
"He was saying he didn't know how they were going to make it," Rodarte said. Rodarte said the brother didn’t seem like a violent person.
The woman had lived in the home since 1988 and was among the first residents in the neighborhood, May said. Neighbors said she was friendly and popular, and she played catch with her black lab daily in the front yard.
"She loved that dog," Rodarte said.
The sister had taken care of the siblings' mother until she died about a year ago, Rodarte said, and the brother had moved in shortly before the mother's death. After their mother died, the siblings began having financial problems, she said.
"They were stressed out because they couldn't afford the house after the mother passed," Rodarte said. "And he couldn't find work."
The home at 346 Via Metates was listed for sale at $269,000 on August 1 and went pending on August 5. If you're the buyer and had a 45-day escrow, congratulations! It's move-in time!
Sources tell Greenspan's Body Count that the siblings were Robert and Shelly Bradford and the mother was Loreta Bradford.
Greenspan's Body Count stands at 188.