2 of 3 killed in murder-suicide at California cemetery were married; gunman was former in-law

Authorities say a man and a woman killed by a former in-law in a murder-suicide at a Southern California cemetery were a married couple from North Hollywood visiting a grave.

Police in Ontario say 60-year-old Misak Minasyan and 59-year-old Hripsime Minasyan were fatally shot by Karapet Kalajian Saturday at Bellevue Memorial Park.

City News Service reports the 71-year-old Kalajian had been married to the murdered woman's sister. Investigators said Sunday that Kalajian had become estranged from the family and was distraught because Jan. 3 is the 5-year anniversary of his late wife's death.

Detectives say Kalajian was at the Ontario cemetery when the couple arrived. Kalajian shot them with a handgun and then turned the weapon on himself.

An elderly woman who was with the couple was not harmed.


This story corrects the spelling of the suspect's name. It is Kalajian, not Karajan.