Shooter was local tow-truck driver, friends say

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From the La Cañada Valley Sun:

Colleagues and friends of the man involved in the alleged murder-suicide in La Cañada identified him Monday as Aaron Welch, an auto mechanic, tow-truck driver and longtime La Crescenta resident.

The bodies of Welch and 39-year-old Genny Herrera, were discovered by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in the front room of an apartment in the 4500 block of Lasheart Drive shortly after 11a.m. Friday. A handgun was found on the floor near the bodies.

Homicide detective Steve Lankford said it appeared the man fatally shot Herrera, and then fatally shot himself. Deputies were on site within minutes of the shooting, Lankford said.

What relationship, if any, existed between Welch and Herrera is unclear. Herrera’s sister-in-law, Gabriela Herrera, who was at the apartment on Monday packing up personal items, said she knew nothing about the alleged shooter.

Jacci Present, who operates Crescenta Valley Tow in La Crescenta, said she employed Welch on and off for 10 years. Present said she received a phone call from the sheriff’s department early Friday afternoon notifying her of the incident and asking for personal contact information.

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Written by Megan O'Neil

October 19, 2009 at 3:43 pm

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