NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (CBS13) — A woman was apparently shot and killed at her child’s birthday party by her brother, who then took his own life, authorities said.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said the brother and sister were in the midst of a heated argument and walked into the garage of her residence on the 5800 block of San Ardo Way just before 6:00 p.m.

The man shot the woman, identified by neighbors as Delores Tornel, and then walked back inside the home and brandished the handgun.

Family members fled the home, and the man returned to the garage, where he took his own life, authorities said.

The subject of their argument is not known. Family members had apparently gathered at the home for a birthday party for Delores’ 12-year-old son when the fatal incident took place.

Detectives are treating the case as an apparent murder-suicide.

Comments (32)
  1. veronica says:

    there is no time for being ignorant. We all should have prayers for her family, friends and sons who is coping with her loss. I also worked with delores at the same company and what i seen she was a hard worker and very nice. Please donate to her memorial fund at any safe credit union at any branch. Anything to help this family out for what they just went though

  2. SHHYANNE says:

    My daughter goes to school with Delores’ son and I have to say when I heard what happened I was shocked I mean, this really hits close to home. My child is having to console another child because of a senseless act which took away his mother. My prayers are with all friends and family during this difficult time.

  3. melissa says:

    how tragic for the children….and those that lost their lives. prayers for the families healing and communities peace. we are all victims of our own society in some way …help one another…esp the children!!!!

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