Tragic event unfolds as El Cajon parents found deceased in apparent murder-suicide

In a tragic turn of events, a couple lost their lives in an apparent murder-suicide shooting at an apartment complex in San Diego County. The incident took place on Saturday at approximately 12:43 p.m. at unit 676 of the Park Pointe apartment complex near Hilton Head County Park in El Cajon. The couple has been identified as 41-year-old Jose Benjamin Lopez Valle and 38-year-old Brenda Valle.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Jose Benjamin Lopez Valle was found dead in the apartment from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Brenda Valle, on the other hand, succumbed to her injuries at a nearby hospital. Authorities discovered a firearm near the couple, suggesting that the cause of death was indeed a result of the shooting.

Tragically, the couple leaves behind three children, aged 18, 16, and 11. Fortunately, the children were unharmed and are currently under the care of others. As the investigation into the shooting continues, law enforcement officials have assured the public that there are no outstanding suspects and no immediate threat to the community.

Authorities are urging anyone with information related to the incident to come forward and assist in the investigation. They can contact the sheriff’s homicide detectives at 858-285-6330 during regular hours or call 858-565-5200 after hours. Alternatively, individuals can provide anonymous tips by reaching out to Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

In light of this tragic event, it is important to remember that support is available for those who may be struggling with their mental health. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please reach out to a helpline or a mental health professional for assistance.

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