Police Investigate Triple Slaying in Banning, 2-Year-Old Bound and Gagged

Police said the child, who had been missing when the bodies were found, was located bound and gagged inside the home.

Police were investigating the deaths of three people Tuesday in an apparent triple killing in Banning.

Two women and a man were reported deceased inside a ground-floor living area of a two-story home at 12:20 p.m., Banning police Chief Leonard Purvis said at the scene on Phillips Avenue, just south of Williams Street.

There was blood in the crime scene, and a 2-year-old boy was believed missing, Purvis said. He was located bound and gagged three hours later in a room in the same house, Purvis said.

"We were looking for him, and a vehicle was reported leaving the scene," Purvis said. "We feared he'd been abducted. We found him later in a room next to the bathroom."

The boy cried as law enforcement personnel and paramedics placed him on a wheeled gurney for ambulance transport.

Detectives were treating all three deaths as homicides, though a murder-suicide scenario had not been ruled out, Purvis said.

"I'm just glad they found the boy alive," Purvis said. "This is still a horrific situation, however."

By Tuesday evening Purvis said he had spoken with some family members of the deceased, and described their emotions ranging from shock to sadness, and restrained anger.

"We don't have much we can release at this point, but it appears to be a real whodunit," Purvis said just after 6:30 p.m. "Some of the family are deeply upset, and it's important that we respect their feelings right now. It really is a tragedy."

Coroner's investigators began removing remains of the deceased before sundown. Some observers became angry and cursed after one of the bodies was wheeled to a coroner's van.

The deaths were being treated as the first homicides of the year in Banning, Purvis said.

The dead man and one of the deceased women were believed to be the parents of the boy, Purvis said.

"We have no suspects or evidence of a motive at this time," Purvis said shortly after 3:30 p.m., when discovery of the boy was announced.

Residents in the close-knit neighborhood gathered on Phillips and pressed at times against crime scene tape used to close part of the road.

Martha Parra, 57, who lives across the street from the home where the bodies were found, said she recalled one of the women who died.

"She came here very thirsty once, and another time she came in the winter and asked for socks," Parra said. "I felt fortunate to be able to help her. They were not well-off."

Parra said she hopes law enforcement and city officials will focus on her neighborhood in future, and not only because of the deaths.

"I hope they pay attention beyond today," Parra said. "We need something else for this neighborhood, and it's not just about this tragedy. We are concerned for where we live, and it is not just about the interest today in what happened. Every neighborhood needs the authorities to go out and see the problems for themselves.

"The people who are homeless need help, and others in the neighborhood need help," Parra said. "This is how we avoid another tragedy."

Pastor Lillie Alexander, of God's Holy Hand Testimony Ministry on East Ramsey Street, said she had visited recently with the people who died.

"I've ministered to them and pray for them," Alexander said. "I've helped them with food and counseling and prayer. I heard about this today and it's just a tragedy.

"You never know what is going to happen," Alexander said, wiping away tears. "At least I got to spend time with them and I know they were reaching out. I'll always pray for them."

Banning is about 80 miles east of Los Angeles in the San Gorgonio Pass.

Ellen September 07, 2011 at 07:45 PM
I offer prayers to the family in hopes that one day they can begin healing. To Patch: While I admire your coverage of the stotry, publishing the photo of that little boy was totally inappropriate and unprofessional. As a professional journalist, I can tell you that a course in Ethics in Journalism might help you make better decisions in the future.
Sally Padilla September 07, 2011 at 09:17 PM
"and a 2-year-old boy was believed missing, Purvis said. He was located bound and gagged three hours later in a room in the same house," Purvis said. Wondering why it took 3 hours to find the little boy? would'nt the entire house been searched?
Jennie D September 07, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Well said Susan! Very few people who are not directly involved with law enforcement or paramedic rescue teams have no idea of what exactly is involved and the steps that area taken when dealing with a scene like this one. I'm glad that your husband did what he had to do at the hospital with the child he rescued. There are several things/steps that have to be completed at a crime scene and yes, I would think that after making sure the house was safe to enter, then the forensic techs can go about their jobs. My course of study in school is Administration of Justice and I've completed all levels of the 'Crime Scene Investigation' classes, so I know how long it takes to process a crime scene. [We had a mock crime scene once]. I also pray that they find the person or persons responsible for this tragedy and that justice will be appropriately served. I'm just glad the little boy has family that he can stay with. Give you husband a pat on the back and tell him "Job Well Done" for me will you? We need more people like him in these type of scenarios.
Russ Rodriguez September 07, 2011 at 10:35 PM
Puddin Tame Your post is lame, idiotic, and judgemental. Of course, you can post things like that and remain anonymous. You really don't know the circumstances involved whatsoever. For all you kn ow, she could have had a job. Since you appear to live in a bubble, there are plenty of people who have jobs who are not able, or struggle, to meet basic needs. Nowhere in the article does it say this woman asked anyone to solve her problems. And really, people can improve neighborhoods and communities by reaching out, getting to know each other, helping out when necessary. That happens to be the idea behind the basic teachings of the Bible, and many other spiritual practices as well. To use your own words regarding your post and attitude..."that's just B.S." Mrsm Grant....your post was flagged accidently. You are right on in your point of view. One last thing, I grew up in Banning. So sorry for this family's tragedy and grief.
Russ Rodriguez September 07, 2011 at 10:38 PM
That would be Banning Police Department. Get a clue, Bevo.
Jennie D September 07, 2011 at 10:39 PM
I couldn't agree with you more Lamouria! It is easy for someone to sit at their computer and bash the very people that are responsible for dealing with things like this. Even though the EMT's, Police and Firefighters are the ones who deal with these scenarios all the time, people think that it doesn't affect them at all. Well, folks, it does. I'm sure there isn't one EMT, Police Officer or Firefighter out there that can't forget, mentally, about the horrific things they see and deal with on a daily basis. True, a lot of them will not like to talk about it, but it's always there in their minds. So, for the people out there that are bashing on these fine folks, you need to step back and do some thinking before you decide to post anything about which you have no "first hand" knowledge about! It wouldn't hurt to spell a bit better too!
Russ Rodriguez September 07, 2011 at 10:42 PM
This comment is for those people, in general, who are critical of the Banning PD. No one will be reprimanded for dereliction of duty because it didn't happen. You were not there to see what was happening. You have no clue how thorough the search was, or what other factors were involved. This is a tragedy for the family and the community. All of your hindsight and criticism will not change any of that.
slice September 07, 2011 at 11:54 PM
This is a tragic mess. Ebony I went to school with and know family. They DID NOT deserve any of this. I believe ur sister holds the answers to who did this and they will be caught.
slice September 08, 2011 at 12:00 AM
If you have NOTHING NICE TO SAY...THEN DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL!! Let the family mourn in peace. Keep your rude comments to and stupid opinions to yourself the families have been through ENOUGH.
Renee Gillespie September 08, 2011 at 12:37 AM
How ignorant and insensitive. If you have never had to ask anybody for help, you should be grateful. Did YOU know the woman? How the HELL do YOU know whether she tried to get a job or not? In this day and time, there are hella people who are unemployed and can't find a job but are looking everyday.Sometimes people just need a little help. I'd gladly give someone water and a pair of socks if they ask. If you can't show some compassion and say something comforting to a family that's lost a loved one, to a little innocent boy who has lost BOTH parents tragically, then KEEP YOUR IGNORANT COMMENTS TO YOURSELF!!!!
Garima Setia September 08, 2011 at 04:33 AM
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Garima Setia September 08, 2011 at 04:33 AM
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Garima Setia September 08, 2011 at 04:34 AM
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Garima Setia September 08, 2011 at 04:34 AM
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Garima Setia September 08, 2011 at 04:34 AM
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Garima Setia September 08, 2011 at 04:34 AM
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Okkidz Teenz Klubz September 08, 2011 at 04:57 AM
Natasha Biggers,was a beautiful lady with a heart of GOLD God Bless Natasha`s family and son. We helped her with food and her needs. We will miss her beautiful smile...Operation Kidz komfort helped Natasha Biggers she was a wonderful mom struggling but she always SMILES even when she was crying from the heart. So glad we spent time together in March at our friends wedding ~ Miss you Girl
Urgirlie22 September 08, 2011 at 06:02 AM
Lea September 08, 2011 at 01:53 PM
last night all i could thiinkk about was this tragic story i told alot of people about it yesturday who is also praying for justice and for the families involoved. Just to let it be known i am keeping up with this story and hope justice will be served. God bless your family Ebony and sunday i will have my church pray for all of this going on. you just remind your family to stay strong and come together and make a great family for the little boy. hopefully he wont remember the tragic day. all of this is just so sad.
Lea September 08, 2011 at 01:55 PM
another day goes by im still here hoping to read justice soon. my prayers are strong. my support and prayers go out to this little boy and family.
Russ Rodriguez September 08, 2011 at 03:30 PM
It did not take 3 hours for the first clearing of the house. The house was deemed safe to enter. Police received a report of a car leaving the area and a child missing. It was treated as a potential kidnapping. Appears that was a factor in the search. Fortunately, the child was found safe. As long as your bashing, please share with us your experience with, and training in, police procedures and investigative techniques, since it appears to be extensive. Seriously, you people watch way too much CSI and cop shows that are not based in reality. This is not some Hollywood produced show. It is reality, and a real tragedy for the families involved.
leni kelley September 08, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Fifteen minutes would have seemed a long time to the baby but in regards to clearing the premises.......if you think it could be done in less, I'm glad my life will never depend on your safety search skills. I don't know how anyone could read the story and their first thought NOT be "thank God the child was spared by the vilain and instead try to detract from the atrocity of the crime by putting the emphasis on the police who rescued the child..
Jennie D September 09, 2011 at 08:14 AM
I would like to know why the only two comments that I decided to leave on this area are marked with "Delete" ?? I did not say anything derogatory or negative in either one of them. Can anyone shed some light on this for me???
tha one September 09, 2011 at 09:05 AM
ummm is everyone forgetting that there was another female in the house and the neighbor that made that comment could have been talking about her and not the baby's mother or did everyone just assume
Patch Reader September 09, 2011 at 06:52 PM
@ Jennie D, anyone who leaves a comment has the option to delete their comment, and theirs only!
Jessica Lee September 09, 2011 at 10:50 PM
Does anyone know if there is an update? Little man is on my mind. I hope he finds a good home.
Guy McCarthy (Editor) September 10, 2011 at 12:32 AM
Jessica here are two updates: Banning Triple-Slaying Victims Identified, 2-Year-Old With Guardian http://patch.com/A-lNvJ Banning Triple Homicide: 'We're Following Up On Leads, We Need More' http://patch.com/A-lQD5
Jennie D September 10, 2011 at 04:56 AM
Thanks Suzanna! I was beginning to think that someone had marked it for deletion because they think I may have said something negative. I'm glad to know that's not the case. Thanks for the clarification.
Moises Parra January 03, 2013 at 11:50 AM
To Todd, If in any event you thought my mother (Mrs.Parra) was pleading for the authorities to keep order... you're wrong. She is a 58 year old woman that just endured watching another young man run off to his death shot by the unknowns. She is also a wife of a pastor that honored God in coming to this city to bring the good news. And for your knowledge, raised her children to trust and believe in this country to the point that her son Daniel Parra served two terms in Iraq (ARMY) I in Djibouti Africa (USMC) and still another inn the ARMY Inteligence community. You must already know that our laws are created to keep order. My mother happens to respect our constitution and every law provided by man. She doesn't however think that the laws are what restrain humanity. Tragedies occur and if our communities are going to change they are going to need the assistance of the local government. This is a point she clearly raised. You are correct in saying that the neighborhood should rise. Save that for another life! A Social phenomena is that which transpires within a given region whose innocence supercedes our recognition. If that's the kind of phenomenon you desire (you tired soul) than ask for it. Leave my mother alone!!!!!!!! If ever you have any questions stop by and ask for Mom, Phillips St.. You, like myself, might learn something.


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