SAN DIEGO – Authorities released the names of a 66-year-old woman found shot to death at a Mission Valley office Saturday and her 34-year-old daughter, who killed herself nearby after learning the news.
The body of the 66-year-old Maria Kelly of Chula Vista was found at 1:22 p.m. inside an office at 3443 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego police Lt. Mike Holden said, three days after she was reported missing. She died from a single gunshot, he said.
The Kelly's 34-year-old daughter, Crystal Vasquez, also of Chula Vista, drove to the scene after learning about her mother's death, Holden said. "Shortly after her arrival, the daughter used the restroom of a nearby business. When she failed to return, another family member found her inside the restroom with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.'' Homicide detectives say the suicide raises a lot of questions.
"It’s very possible that she committed suicide because of the grief over the loss of her mother however we’re investigating and looking into to try to determine if there was more to her suicide if there’s some type of relationship to the murder of her mother,” said Lt. Holden. “We’re not considering Crystal a suspect at this time however we are investigating the motivation that would cause her to commit suicide. We’re looking at any and all possibilities in this case the family has been very, cooperative with police, very supportive of the investigation and SDPD and the Homicide unit our condolences go out to the family for the tremendous loss that they have suffered this past weekend,”
Anyone with information about the case was asked to call homicide detectives at 619- 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.
A GoFundMe account has been setup by the family to help pay for funeral expenses.
If you or someone you know needs help, the crisis hotline number is 888-724-7240.