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The suspect in this homicide has been identified as Jonathan Kim, 23 years old of Temecula. He has been booked for the murder of victim Wilysha Gardner, 21 years old of Temecula.
The suspect in this homicide has been identified as Jonathan Kim, 23 years old of Temecula. He has been booked for the murder of victim Wilysha Gardne...

Temecula stabbing victim and suspect identified


Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Issue 20, Volume 18.
Kim Harris
Special to the Valley News


The victim of stabbing that occurred on Nellie Ct. in Temecula early Thursday morning, May 15 has been identified as 21-year-old Wilysha Gardner, according to Deputy Albert Martinez, public information officer for Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect in this homicide has been identified as Jonathan Kim, 23 years old of Temecula. He has been booked for the murder of victim Wilysha Gardner, 21 years old of Temecula.

Riverside County Sheriff deputies responded to the home on the 27000 block of Nellie Court on Thursday around 9 a.m. after receiving a report of an assault with a deadly weapon.

Riverside County Sheriffs found Gardner when they responded to the call and the suspect, who has yet to be named, was also located in the area and taken into custody.

The suspect allegedly was involved in a second stabbing incident earlier that day, fortunately, the victim of that attack survived. The name of the second victim, who lives in Temecula, is not being released.

The Valley News was initially notified of the incident by Debra Jilek, executive assistant to the Temecula Valley Unified School District Superintendent when she alerted the press of a lockdown at James L. Day Middle School in Temecula. The school went on lockdown to protect students until the suspect was apprehended.

"This was a police-initiated incident and no further details were available at the time of the call," said Jilek who reported that the lockdown was lifted by the police at about 9:35 a.m.

According to witnesses in the 27000 block of Nellie Ct. and Chantemar Way, a man was seen running from a house yielding a knife, heading west towards Margarita Rd.

A neighbor that witnessed what appears to be the alleged stabbing of a young girl at a house on Nellie Ct. tracked down the suspect in his car and cornered him at the Lowes Hardware store located on Margarita and Winchester Rd.

The neighbor was said to have subdued the alleged attacker until police could restrain him properly.

No further details have been released


Suspect in custody after female found dead inside Temecula home

TEMECULA - A female was found dead inside a Temecula home this morning and a suspect who fled the scene was later arrested, authorities said.

Deputies were sent around 9 a.m. to the 27000 block of Nellie Court to investigate a report of an assault with a deadly weapon inside a home, according to a statement from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

A dead female was found inside the home and a resident called authorities to report the location of a person who had fled the scene, authorities said.

The suspect was located and arrested a short time later in a nearby shopping center, according to the sheriff's department.

The names of both the victim and the suspect were being withheld because of the ongoing investigation, authorities said.


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neighbor subdued suspect; Nellie Ct. remains closed to traffic

A lockdown at James L. Day Middle School in Temecula occurred this morning, Thursday, May 15, at around 9 a.m., according to Deputy Albert Martinez, Public Information Officer for Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

"Today around 9 a.m. we responded to the 27000 Block of Nellie Court in Temecula," Martinez said in an emailed statement to The Valley News. "We were notified of an assault with a deadly weapon call."

Martinez said Riverside County sheriffs responded to the call and located a victim along with a possible suspect in the area.

The Valley News was initially notified of the incident by Debra Jilek, executive assistant to the Temecula Valley Unified School District Superintendent.

"This was a police-initiated incident and no further details were available at the time of the call," said Jilek who reported that the lockdown was lifted by the police at about 9:35 a.m.

According to witnesses in the 27000 area of Nellie Ct. and Chantemar Way, a man was seen running from a house yielding a knife, heading west towards Margarita Rd. A neighbor that witnessed what appears to be the alleged stabbing of a young girl at a house on Nellie Ct. tracked down the suspect in his car and cornered him at the Lowes Hardware store located on Margarita and Winchester Rd.

The neighbor was said to have subdued the alleged attacker until police could restrain him properly.

Martinez did not address the witness’ statements or release any other information regarding the situation as of 3 p.m. this afternoon.

"We will not be releasing names or injury status at this time. All parties are known and there is no one outstanding at this time," he said.

Watch this site for updates as information becomes available.


Nellie Ct. remains closed to traffic due to an ongoing investigation. Officers report that there is no danger present to the community.


JP Raineri

Staff Writer

A lockdown at James L. Day Middle School in Temecula occurred this morning, Thursday, May 15, at around 8:50 a.m., according to Debra Jilek, executive assistant to the Temecula Valley Unified School District Superintendent.

"This was a police-initiated incident and no further details were available at the time of the call," said Jilek.

She reported that the lockdown was lifted by the police at about 9:35 a.m.

According to witnesses in the 27000 area of Nellie Ct. and Chantemar Way, a man was seen running from a house yielding a knife, heading west towards Margarita Rd. A neighbor that witnessed what appears to be the alleged stabbing of a young girl at a house on Nellie Ct. tracked down the suspect in his car and cornered him at the Lowes Hardware store located on Margarita and Winchester Rd.

The neighbor was said to have subdued the alleged attacker until police could restrain him properly.

Watch this site for updates as information becomes available.


 

9 comments

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Comment #1 | Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm
I live on that same street iv called the cops several times asking them to look into domestic violence with this family. Sorry to say that it took something like this to happen for law enforcement to listen.
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Comment #2 | Friday, May 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm
@unknown: so are you telling me that the suspect is related to the victim? Because now they are reporting that the stabbing on Milky waY the same day (earlier) is the same suspect.

EDITORIAL: There are two suspects. There was a mistake in the uploading process. We have fixed the issue. There were two separate stabbing incidents (with two separate suspects) that occurred on the same day.
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Comment #3 | Friday, May 16, 2014 at 12:50 pm
I lived on this street and i knew this family i have actually took the time to get to know them and they were a loving family, were very close and always stood together. Im sure something l like this is a ultimate horrific tragic thing to happen to this daily. My heart goes out to them and i will keep them in my prayers. I don't think that people should speak on a young woman losing her life to a stranger having something to do with these families issues and you should look at yourself in the mirror and be ashamed by your hateful comments. In sorry to that poor girl who lost her life may the Lord be with you.
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Comment #4 | Friday, May 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm
another media source is reporting one suspect. This is getting confusing.
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Comment #5 | Friday, May 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm
@unknown - the facts are confusing. People just trying to sort out what has happened here. Very sad indeed and I don't think anyone is intentionally trying to make hurtful comments. May God Bless her family in this time of loss.
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Comment #6 | Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 9:10 am
I live at the house that this happened. Let me tell u that no one should die in the horrific manner she did. There were kids there her kid seeing his mom on the floor neck cut open and blood everywhere. This crime was commited by s sick person a possible serial killer that had nothing to do with us other than to come in our home and kill the first woman he saw. I would like to thank the real neighbors that came to help us in a horrible situation. God bless u. It shows me that there are still people with good morals and the want and ability to do what's right. Just because I its the right thing to do. Again from the bottom of my heart I and the rest of the family we thank you. Because it could have been anyone and he could have continued to hurt or kill people.
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Comment #7 | Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm
I am a neighbor and my first thought and fear came true. Small children live in that home and a four year old witnessed his mother's death. That is the saddest fact in this situation.
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Comment #8 | Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm
I am a neighbor and my first thought and fear came true. Small children live in that home and a four year old witnessed his mother's death. That is the saddest fact in all of this mess.
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Comment #9 | Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm
@RUMS 2005
- My heart goes out to your family and the woman who lost her life in the most tragic way possible. I thank God everyday for allowing me to live and continue to wonder why I got so lucky. Again, my heart goes out to you and may the victim of this horrific crime rest in peace.

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