"This was not a random act of violence," Raney said. You couldn't script it." Not far from the neighborhood meeting, the charred remnants of the destroyed home still smelled of burned materials.
Meanwhile, the surviving family members are seeking privacy and solitude to grieve, attorney Scott Nord said in a statement released through the Covina Police Department.
She said they kept mostly to themselves and the woman later moved out with the child.
Bong Garcia, another neighbour, told the Times he saw Pardo between 9 and 10pm on Christmas Eve and spoke briefly to him.
He went to his brother's home about 40 kilometres away in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles.