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SMPD identifies suspect, victim in murder-suicide case

Posted at 5:51 PM, Jan 24, 2020

The Santa Maria Police Department has identified the two people who died in a suspected murder-suicide this month as Roberto Alcala Ramirez, 64, and Zoila Reyna Ramirez, 58.

The two were found dead, each suffering from a gunshot wound, at a home in the 800 block of West Creston on Jan. 16, 2020.

Police say the couple were husband and wife.

They identified Roberto Ramirez as the shooter but say investigators are still attempting to identify a motive.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Detective Silver at (805) 928-3781 ext. 1346.

Police are also urging anyone needing help because of a domestic violence situation to contact Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County online at or by calling the 24-hour Crisis & Information Hotline at (805) 925-2160.

Those in need of mental health assistance can call the Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness Crisis Response and Service Access Line at 1-888-868-1649 or Safe Alternatives for Treatment of Youth (SAFTY) at 1-888-334-2777.

A National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available at 1-800-273-8255.