Killer’s mo­tive a mys­tery, tribal po­lice chief says

Hec­tor Ce­laya had re­ported thefts and once was falsely ac­cused of DUI.

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By­tra­cie cone Hec­tor ce­laya killed his mother, 2 un­cles and a daugh­ter.

PORTER­VILLE, CALIF. — Au­thor­i­ties were try­ing Mon­day to de­ter­mine what prompted a man to kill four fam­ily mem­bers and wound two oth­ers on a ru­ral In­dian reser­va­tion in Cal­i­for­nia.

Hec­tor Ce­laya, 31, had had con­tact with po­lice but given no in­di­ca­tion he would go on a shoot­ing ram­page on the Tule River In­dian Reser­va­tion, tribal Po­lice Chief Mike Blain said.

“We need to go back and find what brought us to this,” Blain said. “Did we miss some­thing? Did the com­mu­nity or fam­ily miss some­thing?”

Po­lice say Ce­laya opened fire Satur­day night, killing his mother, two un­cles and a daugh­ter. Two of Cela- ya’s other chil­dren were wounded in the shoot­ing.

Au­thor­i­ties later cor­nered him on a coun­try road in the mid­dle of cit­rus or­chards 30 miles from the reser­va­tion. In the car with Ce­laya were two daugh­ters: Alyssa, 8, who had life-threat­en­ing gun­shot in­juries, and Linea, 5, who also was se­ri­ously hurt.

Ce­laya opened fire on deputies, was shot in the re­turn fire, then died hours later at a hospi­tal, Dou­glass said.

By Sun­day night, au­thor­i­ties con­firmed Alyssa also had died.

Au­thor­i­ties have not dis­closed what mo­ti­vated Ce­laya to kill his rel­a­tives.

Blain said he had re­ported thefts to po­lice and was once ac­cused of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence with his chil­dren in the car. Po­lice de­ter­mined that claim was part of a child cus­tody dis­pute and with­out merit.


Po­lice found three dead adults at this com­pound in the Tule River In­dian Reser­va­tion.

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