EL MONTE, Calif. – In a shocking development, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón confirmed that 25-year-old Kimberly Monique Gonzalez faces charges for the brutal murder of her mother, Jacqueline Perez, at their El Monte residence. The severity of the crime has sent ripples of horror and disbelief through the community.
The tragic event unfolded on October 22 when an El Monte police sergeant, responding to a distress call around 5 p.m., discovered Gonzalez outside her home, drenched in blood. Inside, they found Perez, victim to multiple stab wounds and pronounced dead at the scene. What deepened the horror of the situation was the revelation that the victim’s head had been gruesomely severed from her body.
The District Attorney, expressing his condolences, highlighted the extraordinary violence of the act and its profound impact on the community. He pledged full commitment to justice, promising that his team would relentlessly pursue clarity and closure in this harrowing case. Kimberly Gonzalez, currently detained on $2 million bail in the Los Angeles County Jail, is charged with one count each of murder and assault with a deadly weapon, with the additional allegation of using a knife in the murder.
Details from neighbors and family members paint a disturbing picture. The crime scene, described as horrific by witnesses, featured blood-stained footprints leading from the house, chillingly against the remnants of a recent child’s birthday celebration.
Authorities investigating the gruesome crime reportedly recovered a suspected murder weapon. This incident has also thrown light on Gonzalez’s long-standing battle with drug addiction, according to community members.
As the case progresses to the Pomona Courthouse for Gonzalez’s arraignment, questions linger about what led to such an unthinkable act, leaving a family and community searching for answers amidst profound grief.