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Husband Arrested for Wife and Mother-in-Law's Deaths


Leandro Barberena (Philadelphia Police Dept.) and officers outside the home where he allegedly killed his wife and mother-in-law (WPVI screenshot)
Leandro Barberena (Philadelphia Police Dept.) and officers outside the home where he allegedly killed his wife and mother-in-law (WPVI screenshot)

An unfortunate incident has rocked a Pennsylvania community as a 43-year-old man stands accused of the murder of his wife and mother-in-law. Leandro Barberena was arrested after police connected him to the fatal stabbings through a bloody glove left at the scene. The victims, 58-year-old Alma Barberena and her mother, 75-year-old Angela Trejo, were found unresponsive in their home, covered in blood.


This heartbreaking event has left neighbors stunned, describing the couple as excellent residents. The police responded to a home in the 6000 block of Bingham Street in Philadelphia to find the two victims, who appeared to have suffered multiple stab wounds throughout their bodies. Medical personnel pronounced both women dead at about 1:45 p.m. that day.


During a news conference, Philadelphia Police Homicide Unit Staff Inspector Ernest Ransom revealed that Leandro Barberena made the initial 911 call to report the bodies, claiming they were "covered in blood." Investigative efforts uncovered that a bloody glove found at the scene matched one located in Mr. Barberena's vehicle. Additionally, the suspect displayed injuries that seemed to be defensive wounds on his hands, which he attributed to laying down tile.


The sequence of events suggests that Alma Barberena went to her parents' home to assist with a telehealth appointment for her father, with Leandro Barberena allegedly following her there and committing the double homicide. The suspect called the police around two hours after the incident but did not disclose a motive for his actions. Authorities highlighted that there were no prior domestic dispute calls involving the couple.


As the investigation progresses, the community mourns the loss of these cherished individuals and grapples with the shock of the tragic events that have unfolded. Residents express disbelief at the situation, emphasizing their previous positive interactions with the family. The authorities continue to piece together the circumstances surrounding the murders and work toward finding justice for the victims of this devastating crime.

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