California woman stabbed to death in front of children in dispute over parking space, police say

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Los Angeles, CA (KTLA) — A South Los Angeles man and woman were charged with murder Tuesday in the stabbing death of a Whittier woman during a dispute over a parking space, authorities announced Thursday.

The attack occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Friday at the Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet located at 13000 block of Alondra Boulevard.

Officers responding to a report of a fight in the parking lot, found Elizabeth Yanez lying on the ground with multiple stab wounds to her neck and back, according to a news release from the Whittier Police Department.

The 43-year-old mother of two was transported to UCI Medical Center where she later died.

Her adult children, who witnessed the attack, said their mother had been stabbed by a man and woman over a parking space.

“It escalated,” son Daniel Crable said. “It went from one to 10 in a matter of seconds. The next thing you know this man is out of his car.”

Detectives were able to get fingerprints from the victim’s car which led to the arrests of Reggie Cervantes, 22, and Brenda Rangel, 19, in South Los Angeles.

“It doesn’t make sense to me,” said daughter, Renee Crable. “For a parking space, it was just uncalled for. I mean I just don’t understand how … I’m supposed to go on with my life now.”

Rangel and Cervantes were each being held on $1 million bail.

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10 comments

  • Just Sayin

    When I saw the headline I just knew it was mexicans. It’s their culture to do something like that, someone felt “disrespected”. Typical third-world parasites.

    • soldier of man

      To JUST SAYIN. What the fuck does nationality have anything to with some coward stabbing a woman in the back over 20 times and attempting to do the same to her children? Nothing to do with respect you fucking moron, a senseless act of violence. Similar to the countless acts of knife murders happening in the UK(Not Mexicans you idiot). Not to mention the slaughter of native American men women and children by white anglo morons like yourself. Oh but that wasn’t something stupid like respect. NO your white fuck head brethren did it for domination and power. Way better. Next time you decide to type a comment, pull your head out of your ass so you can actually get a clear view of how worthless, fearful and stupid you are. By the way you dick head, that was my cousin who was murdered. Now her children have no mother of whom they were extremely close to you insensitive prick. So show some respect or how about some classic common decency and shut the fuck up. Sackless dumb shit.

      • dump

        He has a point. mexicans wrote the book on stupid senseless killings over something trivial. Pretty much every night one kills another one over a sideways glance at a girlfriend, or someone drank someone elses Bud Light, etc. If you cannot see that then you, sir, are a moron.

  • CriticalThinker

    there is no where in any of the news articles that says the female did anything. She didn’t get out of the car, only the guy did. So because he jumps out and stabs someone she is also to blame? WTH is wrong with you people? Exactly what was the girl suppose to do? Something like this could happen to anyone. Think about that next time your daughter goes on a date or with friends.