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Mom of Iraq War vet who killed sister, self also feared dead

Police have called off the search for a California woman believed to have been killed by her son, an Iraq War veteran who last week killed his 11-year-old sister and then himself, officials said.

The man, Abel Gutierrez, 27, had recently returned from a second tour. His body and that of his 11-year-old sister were found last week in his mother's apartment in Gilroy, Calif., the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

His mother, Martha Gutierrez, has not been seen since her children’s deaths, police told the Los Angeles Times. Their bodies were found in the family’s apartment.


Police were called to the Gutierrez home last month after receiving neighbor complaints that Abel Gutierrez was angrily raging against the Taliban at night, the Chronicle reported. Relatives said that after his second tour, he would wake screaming and that he swore at people in public.

On Saturday, crews searched 30 miles of Santa Clara County, to no avail, the Chronicle reported.

But Abel Gutierrez’s Ford Mustang had evidence indicating there had been a violent confrontation, police said.

Family members had said Abel Gutierrez had suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.

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