RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. (AP) — The violent deaths of an immigrant mother and her two young children have Northern California's Slavic community recalling a similar killing spree a decade ago. But this time, community leaders say the warnings were apparent.
Ninteen-year-old Grigoriy Bukhantsov is in custody and faces formal murder charges Friday in killing his 23-year-old sister-in-law, Alina, 3-year-old niece, Emannuela, and 2-year-old nephew, Avenir.
His parents even sought a restraining order to protect themselves from him.
The case has shocked the large immigrant community that fled the former Soviet Union because of religious persecution. It has parallels the case of Nikolay Soltys, a 27-year-old Ukranian immigrant who was charged with killing his pregnant wife, his 3-year-old son and four other relatives in Rancho Cordova in 2001.
He later hanged himself in jail while awaiting trial.