HEMET (CBSLA) — Two people have been arrested Thursday on in connection with a triple murder Wednesday night at a Hemet home.
Just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, a caller reported to Hemet police that there was a woman lying in a pool of blood. When officers arrived at the home on Rabbit Peak Way, they found two other bodies inside.
On Thursday night, the lights were still on in the front room of the now empty home as a heartbroken family continued to grapple with their loss.
Family identified the victims as 46-year-old Wendy Araiza, her 21-year-old daughter Genesis Araiza and Trinity Clyde, the 18-year-old girlfriend of Wendy’s son.
“Our family has a huge hole now,” Cheryl Mead, the victim’s sister-in-law, said. “It’s just senseless.”
Cheryl’s husband Tim said the three were the kind of people who would do what they could to help people.
“Really kind, loving people,” he said. “They’d give you the shirt off their back.”
And according to the family, that’s what Wendy was doing: helping a young woman in her 20s get on her feet by offering her a place to stay.
“But I guess she was asked to leave,” Cheryl said. “And she didn’t like that.”
The family said they believe the two suspects arrested Thursday are the woman and her boyfriend, and based on what they saw inside the home when they came back to gather some belongings, they believe one or both of them stabbed the victims then fled in Clyde’s car.
Neighbor David Graves said he heard moaning noises Wednesday night.
“Real low and guttural,” he said. “It sounded like a wounded animal or something.”
But he said it never crossed his mind that it could be a person in distress.
“You just don’t think people are that evil,” he said.
Friends said Clyde was sweet and outgoing and had recently graduated from West Valley High School. The family of Wendy and Genesis said they were kind and compassionate and that there was no reason any of them should have been killed.
“They were just trying to help out this girl,” Tim said. “And unfortunately, it just turned into a bad situation.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover funeral costs for Wendy and Genesis.