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Father kills three people during argument with son’s girlfriend over the use of a washing machine

By Mason White 11:26 AM January 3, 2016
Victim Ernesto Calzadilla with his family 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) An argument over the use of a washing machine left 4 people dead, police in California said.

Los Angeles County police said that a father killed his wife and two other people at his home before his son wrestled the gun away and killed him.

The father, 54-year-old Michael John Morey, used a semiautomatic pistol during the bloodbath in Rowland Heights, killing his 54-year-old wife Betty Jean, his son’s girlfriend and a neighbor who was at the home.

“It seems that the dispute was between the father and his son’s girlfriend over the use of the washing machine,” Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said.

The father was a heavy drinker with a large gun collection. Police said that they had been called to the home 25 times in the last three years.

This time, things took a deadly turn. The father killed his wife, his son’s girlfriend, Linda Patricia Merrell, 48, and 27-year-old neighbor Ernesto Calzadilla.

Calzadilla left behind a seven-month-old daughter.

The son, Christopher Morey, 33, wrestled the gun away and shot his father to death.

Christopher Morey, who was the only one who survived, was arrested on murder charges in the death of his father. Although the sheriff’s spokesperson said that the charges could change as the investigation is ongoing.

He is being held on $1 million bail.