Family Returns From Vacation to Find Mom Murdered

LAPD investigating homicide of Virginia 'Gina' Cantero
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2021 2:15 AM CDT
Family Returns Home From Vacation to Find Mom Murdered
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A man and his three teenage children went to Mexico for Labor Day weekend, returning Tuesday night to their California home to a horrifying scene: The children's mother, Virginia "Gina" Cantero, had been murdered. Police believe Cantero, who was estranged from her husband, the children's father, had been dead several days, People reports. Police say they have a person of interest. Her family suspects a new male friend she'd recently made, whom they did not trust.

Cantero's car was missing from the Los Angeles-area home but was eventually recovered miles away. There was no evidence of forced entry, and police don't believe she was the victim of a break-in or botched burglary. Cause of death has not yet been determined. Her brother tells NBC4 he saw her Friday after her family left on the trip, and her new friend was at the house. After that she stopped answering her phone when he called. (More Los Angeles stories.)

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