Mother-in-law arrested in Fallbrook fatal shooting

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FALLBROOK, Calif. — A 63-year-old woman was in custody Wednesday on suspicion of fatally shooting her 53-year-old son-in-law in a house they shared in a gated Fallbrook community, authorities said.

Cynthia Katherine Cdebaca is suspected of killing Geoward Flores Eustaquio at 602 Braemer Terrace in Fallbrook Tuesday morning, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Glenn Giannantonio. The residence is inside the Peppertree Park neighborhood, which consists of about 225 upscale homes.


Geoward Flores Eustaquio

A 911 caller reported hearing someone shouting and what sounded like gunshots from inside the house about 8 a.m. Tuesday. Getting no response at the door, deputies entered the home and found the body, Giannantonio said.

“The motive for the murder is still under investigation,” the lieutenant said, noting both Cdebaca and Eustaquio lived in the house where the shooting occurred.

According to authorities, Cdebacca was arrested a short time later at a shop on Main Street in Fallbrook.

Tuesday happened to be Cdebaca’s 63rd birthday. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Caldwell told reporters that in addition to the suspect and the victim, Eustaquio’s wife and two children lived in the home, and a teenager from another marriage spends time there.

Eustaquio’s wife returned home after the shooting, Caldwell said, noting the children were at school when the shooting occurred.

“I wish I could have said goodbye on my own terms,” one of the children post a message on Facebook. He also thanked his father for being an inspiration.

Eustaquio’s LinkedIn page said he worked as a space orbital analyst at the California Air National Guard. Neighbors said that his wife worked as a real estate agent.

“He was a great man, a great father, just a good person,” Patricia Aguigui told reporters at the scene, identifying herself as a close family friend. “It’s like bad dream. I wish we could wake up from it.”

No bail has been set for Cdebacca, who is being held at La Colinas Women’s Detention Facility.  Her arraignment is scheduled for Friday.


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