Redondo Beach police discovered a family of three killed by gunshot wounds inside an apartment near the ocean Wednesday night in what’s believed to be a double murder-suicide.
Ivana Waz, 48, and Makani Waz, 13, were killed at the scene. Marc Waz, 48, committed suicide, according to LA County Coroner’s office spokesperson Lt. David Smith.
Based on his Facebook profile, Marc Waz worked as a senior project manager at Forensic Analytical based in Las Vegas. He attended Bishop Montgomery High School, California State University Dominguez Hills and University California Berkley.
Leticia Franco, a human resources manager for Forensic Analytics, said Marc Waz worked out of Rancho Cucamonga office and was on leave for a year. She declined to say why Waz was on leave.
Makani Waz this year completed the seventh grade at Parras Middle School, Redondo Beach Unified School District Deputy Superintendent Annette Alpern confirmed.
Neighbor Regina Lucero said she knew Marc Waz for the past 15 years living in the same apartment building. She said he was unhappy with his life and complained often of a back injury sustained in a construction accident.
"I’m not surprised because the truth of it is, no one in the family was happy. " Lucero said. "So how much can anyone put up with indefinitely?"
Lucero said Marc Waz had very little social life, but did not know whether the couple had been fighting.
The shootings took place at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of the Esplanade, according to a statement from officials.
Police cordoned the block off with crime scene tape throughout the morning Thursday as media news vans filled the quiet street just steps from the ocean. A man and a woman were seen leaving the building in tears while shielding their faces from reporters.
Officers responded to a report of shots fired inside the residence, Capt. Jon Naylor said.
“This investigation is in the preliminary stage,” the statement said. “There is no threat to the community stemming from this incident and investigators believe that all the involved partied are accounted for.”
The two homicides bring to three the number of murders in Redondo Beach this year. In 2017 and 2016, the city experienced one homicide each year.
“I am deeply saddened by the horrific event that occurred last night,” said Councilmember Nils Nehrenheim, who represents residents in the district where the homicides took place. “My heartfelt condolences to all of those affected.”
Anyone with information regarding the three deaths was urged to call police at 310-937-6685.