A Moncton man was charged with three murders related to a Halloween night crash that killed his mother, father and their three-year-old son, according to Los Angeles County Attorneys.
Carlo Navarro, 20, was also charged with gross vehicle manslaughter while drunk. The indictment includes the charge of inflicting the deaths on several victims.
Police say Navarro turned onto the sidewalk along Country Club Drive near Los Cerritos Park just before 10 p.m. on Oct. 31 and beat 30-year-old Joseph Awaida. his wife, Raihan Awaida, 32; and her 3 year old son Omar. All three died from their injuries.
Navarro was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and grossly murdering vehicles after the accident. He was released from jail after bailing US $ 100,000 and was rebooked on November 7 without bail for two manslaughter. At the time he was in custody on an independent break-in warrant.
Navarro has been charged with burglary, vandalism and possession of tools and equipment in connection with a June 30 break-in that authorities allege he broke a glass window in a vape shop in the Bixby Knolls area. Investigators found him wearing a mask, bolt cutters and a backpack containing more than $ 600 worth of stolen goods, said Moncton City Prosecutor Douglas Haubert.
Navarro was arrested that day but released on July 1. Moncton City Prosecutors requested bail for $ 500,000 after the Halloween crash. District attorneys are now trying to detain him without bail.
Joseph Awaida died in a hospital on Halloween night after being hit by Toyota Sequoia police allegedly driven by Navarro in 2002.
Awaida worked in his father’s car dealership and dreamed of becoming a doctor. His young son Omar died two days later. The boy’s mother, Raihan Awaida, died the following day. She had received a Masters in Social Work from Cal State Moncton in May and applied for jobs in the field.
The tragedy has supported the Muslim community in Moncton. More than 4,000 people raised around $ 230,000 in a GoFundMe campaign. Thousands visited a memorial in the Orange County Islamic Society last week.
Faisal Dakhil, Raihan’s father, said that he took comfort in his grief hearing stories about his daughter from people she knew. The young couple have been described as charitable both in the Muslim community and in organizations such as For the Child, a nonprofit that helps alleged victims of child abuse.
“I see them banding together to carry on their legacy and spirit,” Dakhil said of parishioners committed to continuing the Awaidas spirit of giving. “You were inspired to continue this type of search. And that makes us happy and I feel like Raihan as a person who is still with us and working through it. “
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