It is an overwhelming tragedy for one family. Just one day after a woman died in a horrific car accident along with four other people, her sister was allegedly murdered by her ex-boyfriend.
The family knew something was wrong when 21-year-old Karen Garcia didn’t show up to her sister Jessica’s vigil. According to KCRA, Garcia’s body was found in a Woodland, California parking lot. Police have called her death a homicide.
She was last seen on the morning of January 8, after telling a friend she was going to go to a mall to try to clear her head after her sister’s tragic accident. Jessica Garcia and four friends died after they were struck by a wrong-way driver.
Nearly a week later, on Sunday, Karen’s body was found inside a car parked by the department store Marshall's.
Police subsequently accused Salvador Garcia, Jr., Karen’s ex-boyfriend and father of their 2-year-old daughter, of killing Karen. The details of how she died have not yet been released. Salvador is not in custody.
The 2-year-old child is now with Karen’s mother, who is grieving the loss of her two young daughters. The entire family is grappling to come to come to terms with the unbearable loss.
"We are praying for Jessica and now what happened to Karen-- I don’t understand,” Jose Martin-Vega, a cousin told KCRA. “What person would do this, when someone has already died, and then to cause another death?"
Anybody with information about Salvador is asked to call the Colusa Police Department at (530) 458-7777.
Salvador actually spoke to the media after Karen went missing but before her body turned up. He said that he and Karen knew each other since the third grade and that they dated on and off for nine years.They broke up just this year.
He told the Sacramento Bee that, “She loves her family. She's one of the most upbeat people you'll ever meet.”
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.