Published On: Sat, Jul 29th, 2017

Family disputes police report, California murder suicide of Adriana Diaz, Jonathan Pena

The family of an alleged shooter in a California murder suicide is disputing the motives in the case and reports by the police

Friday, Adriana Diaz, 22, and Jonathan Pena, 26, were found dead after only dating for around three months. Police responded to a welfare call and found Diaz and Pena dead inside their Visalia home. Investigators are calling the case a murder-suicide after evidence shows Pena shot and killed Diaz before taking his own life.

Crime Scene Tape photo/edited pic from FBI.gov

Diaz’s mother, Angelina Gomez, said, “We are not convinced.”

Gomez does not believe what police are saying and claims a previous boyfriend is responsible.

“She was involved in an abusive relationship– a prior abusive relationship and that person couldn’t let go of her and when they told me she died I took a deep a breath and the first thing that came out of mouth was his name.”

Pena’s family is also coming forward denying that he would kill himself or his girlfriend.

“He would never do anything like that, he loved life he was happy he had found her and they were happy together,” said Cesar Pena, Jonathan’s brother.

The Visalia Police confirmed that the investigation is still open and understand that the families are in shock. They added that Diaz’s three little kids and Pena’s son are the ones they are worried most about.

“The worst part is my grand kids are going to grow up without that mommy hug, you know. When you’re little and you fall, you cry, and that mommy hug is priceless,” said Gomez.

“All I want is for my nephew to one day, when he asks about his dad I can tell him your dad was a great person and somebody did this to him,” said Pena.

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