Sunday, December 28, 2008


Covina is a city in Los Angeles County, California, about 22 miles (35 km) east of downtown Los Angeles.

El Siglo de Torreon
Alicia and Joseph Ortega were born and married in Torreon, Mexico, according to El Siglo de Torreon, a local newspaper. This photo, published in that paper, shows the couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They are believed to be among the dead in the Christmas Eve attack at their home in Covina

(Ken Hively, Los Angeles Times)
L.A. County coroner's officials remove the body of Bruce Jeffrey Prado from a house in Sylmar.

Photograph shows the burned-out Dodge Caliber automobile in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles that Bruce Pardo drove to his brother's house before committing suicide. Before the suicide, Pardo used remnants of the Santa suit to booby-trap his rental car to explode. (AP Photo/Covina Police Department)

Photograph shows a charred Santa suit inside the Dodge Caliber automobile that Bruce Pardo drove to his brother's house before committing suicide. Pardo apparently intended to flee the U.S., but his plans were dashed after the inferno he created severely burned his arms and melted his red costume onto his body, police said Friday. (AP Photo/Covina Police Department)

Los Angeles County firefighters remove items from the burned home Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, in Covina, Calif., that was set on fire during a Christmas Eve murder rampage. Bruce Pardo, dressed as Santa, shot indiscriminately at partygoers and destroyed his former in-laws' house with a homemade blowtorch, ultimately leaving nine people dead before killing himself. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Undated photograph provided by the Covina, Calif. Police Department shows a device that suspect Bruce Pardo brought with him to the Knollcrest house. Pardo destroyed his former in-laws' home with a homemade device that sprayed flammable liquid. (AP Photo/Covina Police Department)

'Santa' Gunman's Marriage Dissolved When Wife Discovered He Abandoned Brain-Damaged Son
Saturday, December 27, 2008

COVINA, California — A man plotting revenge against his ex-wife dressed up like Santa, went to his former in-laws' Christmas Eve party, shot at partygoers and destroyed his former in-laws' house with a homemade device that sprayed flammable liquid, slaughtering at least nine people before killing himself hours later.

Bruce Pardo, 45, saw his marriage fall apart this year when his wife discovered he had abandoned a brain-damaged son years earlier but continued to claim the boy as a tax write-off, the L.A. Times reported.


Sylvia Pardo got the dog. Bruce Pardo got angry.

Police believe he intended to flee to Canada after the Christmas Eve massacre, but his Santa suit melted on his body, leaving him with third-degree burns on both arms. Pardo later shot himself at his brother's home, where authorities found $17,000 on him and a plane ticket for a flight from Los Angeles to Canada.

Police say Pardo used a homemade device to spray racing fuel around the home and that the vapor was ignited by a pilot light or candle. They found what they described as a virtual bomb-making factory at Pardo's Montrose home, and that a rented car he had been driving was full of explosives and ammo. Police, suspecting the car could be booby-trapped, fired an incendiary device into it, and the whole thing exploded and burned, MyFoxNY reported.

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