Father Suspected in Slaying of 9-Year-Old Girl in Long Beach

A motorist discovered the girl laying in a church parking lot as her bloodied father was walking away

By Angie Crouch and Jason Kandel
|  Monday, Apr 30, 2012  |  Updated 2:27 PM PDT
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A mother mourns the loss of her 9-year-old daughter who was killed allegedly by her step-father, who also apparently tried to kill himself on Saturday, April 28, 2012 in Long Beach. Angie Crouch reports from Long Beach for NBC News at 11 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, 2012.

A mother mourns the loss of her 9-year-old daughter who was killed allegedly by her step-father, who also apparently tried to kill himself on Saturday, April 28, 2012 in Long Beach. Angie Crouch reports from Long Beach for NBC News at 11 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, 2012.

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9-Year-Old Girl Slain in Murder, Attempt Suicide

A step-father or father is accused of stabbing a 9-year-old girl to death in Long Beach. KNBC4's Angie Crouch talks to the woman who found the girl and the man, who tried to stab himself to death, but failed, in a church parking lot. Crouch reports for the 11 p.m. newscast on Saturday, April 28, 2012.
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A memorial service was set Sunday for a 9-year-old girl who was stabbed to death allegedly by her father in a murder and attempted suicide in Long Beach.

The incident was reported on Saturday at 11 a.m., when Long Beach police responded to a parking lot where two bodies had been found by a woman driving through Woodruff Avenue and Willow Street.

That woman, Nancy Eomurian, told NBC4’s Nancy Crouch that she saw the man get up off the pavement and start to walk away.

“He had actually gotten up and started to leave, but he had blood on him,” Eomurian said.

Police found the body of a 9-year-old girl, who was not identified, on the ground in the parking lot.

She had cuts to her body and was reported dead at the scene.

A male adult found near the victim, suffered what detectives believe to be self-inflicted cuts to his body. He was taken to a hospital and was listed in stable condition.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect and victim, both Long Beach residents, shared a parent/child relationship,” police said in a press release.

Police believe the man stabbed the girl and then tried to commit suicide.

A motive was not known.

Police said that they were going to book the suspect into jail on a murder charge after he’s released from the hospital.

Police were asking that anyone with information about the incident to call Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web at www.tipsoft.com.

A public service for the girl is being held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos United Methodist Church in Long Beach.

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