El Centro, CA - Centinela State Prison Correctional Officer Angelica Cardiel was murdered on Sunday, March 5, 2017 in a senseless act of violence. She was off-duty at the time.
According to KYMA, the incident was discovered on Monday, March 6, 2017, when El Centro Police Officers responded to a residence in the 800 block of Palmview Avenue for a report of shots fired.
Upon arrival, officers found the body of Stephoney Darby, age 48, in the garage of the residence. He had been shot once and it appears that it was self-inflicted. He was pronounced dead at the scene and the Imperial County Sheriff's Office Coroner said that his death was a suicide.
Aaron Reel, El Centro Police Commander, said that the residence belonged to a relative of Darby. El Centro Police Officers received a request for a welfare check about 2:00 PM on Monday and went to check on Darby's family who lived in the 2000 block of Elm Street. They discovered the bodies of three people who had apparently been shot to death.
Those victims were off-duty Correctional Officer Angelica Cardiel, age 45, who was Darby's girlfriend; Diana Zembrano, age 24, who was Angelica Cardiel's daughter; and a 5-year-old child, whose parents were Angelica Cardiel and Darby. It is believed that Darby shot the three victims and then went to a relative's residence where he killed himself.
Commander Reel said that both events were connected, and also said that "there was a significant amount of evidence located at both locations that indicate Mr. Darby carried out the murder of the three decedents at the house the day prior and then took his own life yesterday."
Correctional Officer Angelica Cardiel began her career as a Cadet in March, 2001, at the Richard A. McGee Training Facility, according to CDCR. She had been at the Centinela State Prison Facility as a Correctional Officer since that time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Correctional Officer Angelica Cardiel. Rest easy, hero. We'll hold the line from here.
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