Reseda Woman Stabbed to Death; Police Arrest Son

The body of a 40 year old woman was discovered in her Reseda residence Monday afternoon. The vicitim had been stabbed to death.

Los Angeles police officers from the West Valley Division were called to the complex in the 7600 block of Reseda Boulevard about 3 p.m., Sgt. Ronnie Crump said.

He said the woman had been stabbed in the chest and was pronounced at the scene by paramedics.  But it is still unclear when the stabbing happened.

Late Monday police arrested her 24-year-old son for her murder.  Brian Garcia-Munguia is jailed in Van Nuys awaiting a first court appearance.

The victim, Saida Munguia, or "Sadie" as her friends called her, was a teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills.  She taught English-as-a-Second Language and had about a hundred students.  The school's principal says she was new to teaching, having started as a student teacher last year and been promoted to staff for the 2008-2009 school year.

"She absolutely had a passion for the students she taught," said JFK Principal Christine Clark, "She wanted the best for them, always seeking new ways to teach them and help them understand the U.S. and the English language."


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Clark says Sadie did not show up for work on Monday and made no attempt to call the school.  Family members say the last time they saw her alive was Sunday evening.  Police have not said when they believe the stabbing took place.

Monday night, Bryan Garcia-Munguia showed up at a Denny's Restaurant across the street from the apartment complex he shared with his mother.  Inside, family had gathered for a late meal.  An uncle, according to police, physically detained him until police arrived.

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