Woman stabbed to death in front of children in dispute over parking space


(Credit: KTLA)

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LOS ANGELES — A man and woman in South Los Angeles were charged with murder Tuesday for stabbing a woman in a dispute over a parking space, authorities said Thursday.

The attack occurred around 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet, located on the 13000 block of Alondra Boulevard, KTLA reported.

Officers responding to a report of a fight in the parking lot found Elizabeth Yanez lying on the ground with multiple stab wounds to her neck and back, according to a news release from the Whittier Police Department.

The 43-year-old mother of two was transported to UCI Medical Center where she later died.

The Whittier woman’s adult children, who witnessed the attack, said their mother had been stabbed by a man and woman over a parking space.

“It escalated,” said Daniel Crable, Yanez’s son. “It went from one to 10 in a matter of seconds. The next thing you know this man is out of his car.”

The fingerprints detectives took from the victim’s car led to the arrests of Reggie Cervantes, 22, and Brenda Rangel, 19.

“It doesn’t make sense to me,” said Renee Crable. “For a parking space, it was just uncalled for. I mean I just don’t understand how … I’m supposed to go on with my life now.”

Rangel and Cervantes were each being held on $1 million bail.

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