Stockton mother identified after police say she was killed by her 21-year-old daughter

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According to the medical examiner, the woman stabbed and killed by her daughter has been identified as 43-year-old Zandra Fajardo.


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STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — Stockton police are investigating a violent family dispute that left a woman dead and her 21-year-old daughter in jail.  

A tribute of candles, balloons and flowers were left behind by family and friends after police said a fight between a mother and daughter turned deadly Tuesday night.

“I just heard the screen door fly open, and then I heard the yelling,” said a neighbor, who did not want to be identified.

The neighbor said the screams woke her from her sleep. 

“I heard the ambulance, I heard the police sirens and that’s when I turned on the police scanner that I have on my phone and I could hear everything that was going on,” she told FOX40.

Just before midnight, officers rushed to the scene outside the Royal Vista Apartments on North Commerce Street near West Magnolia Street. 

“When our officers got on scene what they learned from this investigation is that there was some type of altercation between a mother and her daughter, at which time the daughter pulled out a knife and stabbed her mom,” said Stockton Police Officer Joe Silva.

Officers arrested the suspect, Zaria Hornsby, inside an apartment. 

“Unfortunately, the mom was transported to an area hospital where, sadly, she died from her injuries,” Silva said.

Detectives are working to find out what led to the fight and looking into whether or not there were any previous domestic violence calls involving the mother and daughter.

“We ask people if they’re involved in a domestic violence type of situation — it doesn’t have to be a husband or a wife, it could be mother, a daughter or a son — please reach out for help to the Women’s Center or through the Victim-Witness Program so that we can get you the services you need. So that instances like last night don’t happen,” Silva explained.

Stockton police said this is the 35th homicide this year. That’s compared to 43 homicides at this same time last year.

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