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Coroner releases names of slain California kids, grandmother

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Neighbors react near a home where five bodies were found in the city of Lancaster in the high desert Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department statement says deputies found a woman, a girl and three boys with gunshot wounds and paramedics pronounced them dead at the scene. The department says the children's father showed up at the Lancaster sheriff's station and was arrested on suspicion of five murders after being interviewed by detectives. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W.
Neighbors react near a home where five bodies were found in the city of Lancaster in the high desert Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department statement says deputies found a woman, a girl and three boys with gunshot wounds and paramedics pronounced them dead at the scene. The department says the children's father showed up at the Lancaster sheriff's station and was arrested on suspicion of five murders after being interviewed by detectives. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) Photo Gallery

LANCASTER, Calif. — The Los Angeles County coroner has identified the victims in the brutal slaying of a grandmother and her four grandchildren, including a boy not yet 2 years old, in the Southern California high desert.

The children’s father, a security guard whose online posts talked about following a good and religious life and has been arrested on suspicion of murder, is expected to appear in court Tuesday.

Authorities haven’t released a possible motive for the weekend attack in Lancaster, a city in the Antelope Valley high desert community north of Los Angeles.

The coroner’s office said the deceased are: Ericka England, 51; Namyiah David, 11; Germarcus David Jr., 7; Kaden David, 2; and Noah David, 19 months. The coroner’s office has not yet completed autopsies on the victims but authorities previously said they were shot in the upper torso and died at the scene.

England was babysitting her grandchildren. The children’s mother returned home Sunday night to find the bodies of her family and called 911, authorities said.

Grace Beltran, who lives three houses away, said a woman ran back and forth in their front yard, screaming, “My babies are gone! They’re all dead!”

Germarcus David, 29, turned himself in to Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies within minutes of his wife’s arrival at home. He remained jailed on $2 million bail and was expected to make an initial court appearance on Tuesday.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

“To do this to the kids, it’s cowardly. It’s just unbelievable,” Waki Jones, who worked with the family through his Lancaster day care service, told the Los Angeles Times.

Sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Dean said he wasn’t aware of any previous reports of domestic violence at the home and David did not have any restraining orders against him. Investigators have interviewed David and his wife but Dean declined to discuss what they told detectives.

England had been a state corrections officer since 1997 and worked at the state prison in Lancaster when she was killed, according to the union that represents corrections officers.

“We are heartbroken to learn about this tragedy and we will do everything we can to support her family,” said Glen Stailey, president of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. “We are in mourning for our friend and colleague.”

David was a licensed security guard and held a permit to carry a gun but it expired in August 2020 and was listed as canceled, according to records from the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, which regulates the private security industry.

What appeared to be David’s Facebook page includes a photograph of a crucifix and posts from late October and earlier this month offering spiritual and moral views.

“Just know that God loves you when you feel unloved for,” David said in a Nov. 16 post.

“The love I give will overflow from one heart to the next as a gift that keeps giving. I will be one of the reasons that others believe in the true goodness of this world,” David posted on Oct. 27, adding: “THAT is what I want my legacy to be. THAT is what I want my children to grow up seeing.”

The killings happened in a neighborhood of tidy, modern homes, some decorated for Christmas.

James Martin, 32, who lives nearby, said the deaths broke his heart.

“I don’t understand it,” he said. “I know things get rough but it’s never worth it to take the life — lives — of anybody.”

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