RIO LINDA, CA - The woman allegedly killed by her boyfriend at their Rio LInda home Thursday night has been identified as 54-year-old Darrilynn Groth.
Alfonso Montoya, her next door neighbor on Altoona Way described her as a friendly, outgoing person.
"She had a garden in her backyard," Montoya said, "she'd give me some vegetables...yeh, we got along real good. She was a real nice lady. Friendly."
Montoya had helped the couple move in back in 1996. He said her boyfriend had been depressed recently because of the death of his mother.
"Sometimes I see he's in a good mood, sometimes he's (not) in a really good mood...last time I saw him was a couple of days ago. What happened last night, I can't believe it."
Sacramento County sheriff's deputies responded to the 6000 block of Altoona Court in Rio Linda around 6 p.m. Thursday to find a woman dead from a gunshot wound, Deputy Jason Ramos said.
Deputies said the suspect, a man in his 50's, then fled to a home on the 1500 block of Los Molinos Way in Arden. Deputies surrounded the home and used a robot and explosives to make entry into the home.
After a nearly 4-hour standoff, Ramos said the suspect was found dead inside with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"We were able to determine there was a male who appears to be deceased in his 50's inside the residence. Based on the preliminary information we have we believe that this was the individual responsible for the homicide up in Rio Linda," Ramos said.
Investigators said it was not immediately clear what had precipitated the murder-suicide. The name of the man has not yet been released. The investigation is continuing.
Jonathan Mumm contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.org