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Wife’s arrest jars neighbors

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – One woman made the sign of the cross as she drove past the home. Another neighbor turned his back against the puddle of blood still in the driveway, a few bouquets and a burning candle placed nearby. Sandy McMains shed a tear as she looked across the street at the home neighbors laud as the nicest one on the block and wondered if there was anything she could have done. “It’s overwhelming,” she said. “I can’t believe it happened in our neighborhood. I keep thinking I could have done something.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 News that their neighbor, Esperanza Castro, 42, had been arrested early Friday in the slaying of her 43-year-old husband, Raymond Castro, stunned the residents of Evron Avenue in Canyon Country. The man they called Ray was well-liked, the owner of a successful landscape company who had a junior high school-age son and daughter and an adult son from an earlier marriage. “I really feel sorry for the little girl,” said Albert Jimenez, who lives across the street from the Castros’ two-story, rosebush-lined home. “He worked long hours and she would come out and wait for him to come home. They would take walks together.” Sheriff’s homicide Lt. Al Grotefend said he expected at least one more arrest in the case. Investigators, he said, believe the couple battled Wednesday night in the house – blood and signs of a struggle were found in several rooms, on the driveway and on the sidewalk in front of the house, near where Esperanza Castro’s white Cadillac Escalade was parked. Then, hours after she or her adult daughter called 911 to say Castro was missing, his body was found Thursday morning in the bed of his company pickup truck, parked in a remote spot off Sierra Highway beneath the junction of two local freeways, Grotefend said. An autopsy is expected today to determine the cause of death, said Harvey Craig of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Grotefend said it appeared that Castro suffered blunt-force trauma, but noted that the body was in poor condition and injuries were difficult to distinguish. Jimenez said neighbors watched as technicians examined the Escalade before having it towed as evidence. “It’s terrible,” he said. “Ray was a good guy.” Grotefend said it was too soon to speculate about a motive, but Jimenez and others said Esperanza had told people on the block that her husband wanted a divorce. After hours of questioning Thursday, Esperanza Castro was arrested after midnight and booked on suspicion of murder, according to a sheriff’s press release. Her bail was set at $1 million; she is due to be arraigned Tuesday in Santa Clarita Superior Court. Meanwhile, McMains said she’s filled with regret. She said she noticed Wednesday morning that something was different at the Castro home. She didn’t see the kids, Corina and Eric, and there were no signs of the family’s frequent visitors. Thursday morning, squad cars filled the street. “It was weird,” she said. “There were no cars there. There’s always cars there. There was something wrong.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more