On Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 4:40 p.m., officers responded to a call of two victim’s suffering from gunshot wounds inside a residence in the 5400 block of Barrymore Drive. Upon arrival, officers discovered a male and female deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. The two bodies were discovered by one of the decedent’s children who immediately reached out to a neighbor for assistance.
Today, autopsies were conducted on both parties to assist in confirming the cause of death. Based on evidence recovered at the scene and information gathered from the autopsy, the investigation is being classified and investigated as a murder/suicide. Saul Lemos, 47, shot his wife, Sinia Lemus, 35, and then turned the gun on himself. The firearm was recovered from the scene. It is important to note that there are no outstanding suspects in this case. They leave behind two children, ages 12 and 18.
Based on the horrific circumstances of this case and limited family in the area, the Oxnard Peace Officers Association has started a gofundme account for the two school aged children. The OPOA immediately deposited $2,000 into the account and are seeking other ways to assist the family. The oldest child is scheduled to graduate from a local high school this June. The account can be located at: www.gofundme.com/lemusgirls.
Investigators could not locate any history of domestic violence in the household. This is being listed as the third homicide of the year in the City of Oxnard. The death investigation which occurred in the 1700 block of Oxnard Bouelvard on May 4th has not been classified pending further investigation.
According to the Violence Policy Center, Murder-suicides are a shockingly common form of gun violence in the United States — an estimated 11 such incidents each week. The Violence Policy Center has found that more than 1,200 Americans die in murder-suicides each year. Nine out of 10 murder-suicides involve a gun. In nearly three-fourths of all murder-suicides, an intimate partner of the shooter is among the victims.