Filipina, Husband Dead in California Murder-Suicide

A Filipina based in Southern California was found dead on Dec. 26 after she was believed to be stabbed by her husband, who also stabbed himself to death, multiple reports said.

The Coroner’s office revealed the identities as Albert Ong, 49, and his 25-year-old wife Blessel Ong. They were found dead in their Baldwin Park home.

Citing Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter, the CBS Los Angeles report said the woman was believed to be a victim of homicide and the man is believed to have killed himself.

The deaths of the couple were discovered just before noon Tuesday in the 4200 block of Center Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The investigation revealed the man “stabbed his wife an unknown number of times with a kitchen-style knife,” which was recovered at the scene, before stabbing himself to death, according to Deputy Sara Rodriguez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Rodriguez added that detectives learned the couple shared a history of domestic violence. A call was made the day before the discovery of the bodies, Rodriguez added, without elaborating about the call nor who placed it.

After the Christmas Day visit, Baldwin Park police officers returned to the location Tuesday for a welfare check and found the man and woman with upper body stab wounds, the sheriff’s department said. It was not immediately clear who asked for authorities to check on the couple.

Resident Breann Tang-Gaddi said the family had recently moved into the neighborhood.

Eleven months before the homicide, the husband, Albert Ong had been convicted of domestic violence against Blessel Ong, and was ordered by the judge to perform eight hours of community service, complete 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and keep away from the victim for three years, said Sarah Ardalani, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.