4-year-old girl’s tip leads to bodies of Tulare parents in murder-suicide

A tip from a 4-year-old girl led Tulare police to a couple who were found shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide.

Tulare police said they received a 911 call just after midnight Sunday from a caller who said the child told them her parents had been shot.

Officers responded to a home in the 1600 block of Capistrano Street, where they found the front door open and discovered a 41-year-old woman who had been fatally shot in the head. Police also discovered a 44-year-old man who had also been shot.

The couple were identified as Georgina Rojas-Medina and Gerardo Tovar and said they had been together as a couple for 13 years. They were not married.

Investigators determined that Tovar shot Rojas-Medina, then turned the gun on himself.

The 4-year-old girl and two other siblings, ages 10 and 12, were not hurt in the shooting. They were placed with Tulare County Child Welfare Services.