A 27-year-old mother of two has been identified as the victim who was beheaded on a street in Northern California last week.
Karina Castro, who worked as a door dash driver, left behind 7-year-old and 1-year-old girls, KGO-TV reported.
Their youngest daughter was fathered by the man arrested for her murder, 33-year-old Jose Raphael Solano Landaeta, who goes by the name Rafa Solano.
Her father, Marty Castro, told the outlet, “Every time I saw her, I begged her. Don’t talk to him. Leave him and it seemed like the more times I did that, the more times she would see him.”
Solano had been violent toward Castro before, and she obtained a restraining order against him in April but continued to see him, Castro’s family said.
Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office found Karina’s body Thursday in San Carlos, south of San Francisco, after she was pulled over by a witness, law enforcement sources told KNTV.
Her head was severed with a sword, the local outlet reported.
Solano was taken into custody after returning to the scene of the crime.
Karina’s grandmother, Danielle Gannon, told KGO that Landaeta was “diagnosed with drug-based schizophrenia.”
“He would use that as an excuse for his behavior,” she said. “He drank excessively and you shouldn’t do that with such medication.”
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