Meth-Fueled Argument Leads Mom to Murder
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Californian mother Aide Mendez, 23, was last seen on Sunday, smoking meth and arguing with the father of her children, 33-year-old Eduardo Lopez. That night, neighbors heard gunshots and Lopez crawled with a knife in his hand from his apartment to the front yard, where he lay bleeding from a wound to the neck. Police found this grisly scene in the Central Valley apartment: Mendez had murdered her two young children—17-month-old Aliyah Echeverria and 3-year-old Isaiah Echeverria—as well as her boyfriend’s cousin Paul Medina, 27, before taking her own life in the bathroom with a bullet to the head. Before the argument, Mendez and Medina filmed themselves smoking meth on an iPad. Cops are reviewing the device for possible explanations; they also found 10 grams of meth, $8,000 in cash and three firearms in the apartment—two of them recently fired. “We do know that drugs played a key role, but we don’t know to what extent,” says Central Valley homicide commander Lt. Mark Salazar. “She was seen prior to the shooting smoking methamphetamine. She recorded herself on an iPad showing her and Paul Medina smoking meth. We know the power of meth.” Of the video, he notes, “Her actions just seemed bizarre; her mannerism, the way she was moving her hands and her facial expressions.” Eduardo Lopez remains in critical condition.