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4 dead across valley in violent 24 hours

By Greg Lee, KESQ News Channel 3 & CBS Local 2 Reporter, glee@kesq.com
Published On: Jan 29 2014 12:39:48 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 29 2014 01:48:05 AM CST

A series of violent deaths hit the valley early in the week.  Four people are dead in three different cities, leaving police to search for answers and families pleading for help.

A series of violent deaths hit the valley early in the week.  Four people are dead in three different cities, leaving police to search for answers and families pleading for help.  "Boom, boom, boom, boom. Gunshots!" That's how Khalihia Ellis described the second shooting in her Desert Hot Springs neighborhood within 12 hours.  Officers set up a crime scene in the area of Palm Drive and Buena Vista Avenue Tuesday morning. The incident was reported on Cahuilla Avenue and Buena Vista Avenue and witnesses told us they spotted the victim running before falling to the ground near Palm Drive. The man, who was not identified died at Desert Regional Hospital. 

Surreal for Ellis, because someone gunned down her 19-year-old son Darnaiel Patterson in front of their house on the 66-300 block of Desert Avenue the night before.  Police were called to the scene around 10:20 p.m. to investigate.  "There needs to be a stop to this madness," said Ellis.  "It could happen to anybody. It's just ridiculous. What kind of world do we live in?"

Authorities do not know if there's a connection between the two shootings.  While police investigate, Ellis and her family could only hug and comfort each other.  On the other side of the valley, a similar scene. "Everybody loved him," said Luis Carlos Morin Sr.  "He was real good, nice, real-kind hearted, always willing to help a person."

Family and friends set up a memorial for 39-year-old Luis Morin at his Coachella home on the 4800 block of Camino Real in Coachella.  A sheriff's deputy shot and killed him Monday night.  The department says the deputy was serving two felony arrest warrants when a fight broke out.  That's when the deputy shot Morin.  He died at the scene.  One warrant was for grand theft auto, the other for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell.  The family is upset about the actions of the deputy.  "He did not come to serve a warrant," said Morin Sr.   He came with bad intentions. I would love to see him prosecuted." The district attorney is helping with the investigation.  The deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave. 

All this while the sheriff's department continues to investigate a possible homicide in Cabazon.  Deputies found 34-year-old Jennifer Horton dead at her home on the 14-200 block of Broadway.  She suffered blunt head trauma according to deputies. 

A deadly start to the week on both sides of our valley, and one that's left several families just pleading for help.  "I'm not going to stop until I get justice and if anyone sees anything, I need them to come forth for the families," said Ellis.