Murder Suicide at KCRA California Man Allegedly Murdered Family-of-Four — Including 2 Kids — with 'Blunt Force Instrument'



The trial for a Sacramento suspect charged in the murders of his wife, two children and niece will move forward.

Salvador Vasquez-Oliva was 56 years old at the time of the March 2017 murders. He was arrested shortly after the murders in the Bay Area. Investigators said he confessed to family members about the killings.

Mia Vasquez, 14, and Alvin Vasquez, 11

His wife, 45-year-old Angelique Vasquez and their 11-year-old son Alvin, 14-year-old daughter Mia and 21-year-old niece Ashley Coleman were found dead inside their South Land Park home.

Mia Vasquez, 14, and Alvin Vasquez, 11

"I was the godmother to Mia and Alvin. I was in the wedding of Angelique and that man," Christiane Medina said. “They were sweet kids. Mia was just starting adolescence. Alvin loved his grandpa. Mia looked up to Ashley as her older cousin, and they had a really sweet relationship."

A motive behind the killings is still unknown.

“(Angelique) was always full of love and optimism," Medina said. "Seeing the best in people. Big heart, really big heart, and a beautiful laugh too."

Photo of Angelique Vasquez, 45, (right), and a photo of Ashley Coleman, 21, (left) provided to KCRA 3 by her mother.
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Angelique Vasquez, 45, (right), and a photo of Ashley Coleman, 21, (left)

Medina, along with several loved ones, was in court Friday to support Angelique Vasquez’s parents, who are in their 80s and haven’t been able to bring themselves to attend the hearings.

"They lost most of their family,” Medina said. “To someone they opened the door to and welcomed in their home."

Family members did not want to get into the marriage dynamic between the couple.

"I'm here because of them. Because they didn't get a chance,” Medina said. "It's important for us to be here (Friday) to let them know that we are not forgetting, and he needs to be held accountable for what he did."

Christiane Medina
Christiane Medina

Vasquez-Oliva used a blunt force instrument against his children, whose bodies were found in the garage bound by the legs with a plastic bag over their heads, according to prosecutors.

Angelique Vasquez was reportedly killed with blunt force and lacerations with a sharp object. Coleman was killed with a knife, according to the criminal complaint. Both adults were found in the living room.

"I both pray and I am very angry,” Medina said. "I can't imagine anybody doing that. To their own children. To the wife who he always said he loved."

Salvador Vasquez-Oliva, 56, of Sacramento, was arrested on Friday, March 24, 2017, in connection with a quadruple homicide in south Land Park, the Sacramento Police Department said.
Courtesy of the Sacramento Police Department
Salvador Vasquez-Oliva

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, which Vasquez-Oliva’s public defender, Linda Parisi, is contesting.

Vasquez-Oliva used a Spanish interpreter during the hearing. However, he was employed by the California Employment Development Department as an office technician, and friends of the victims said Angelique Vasquez did not speak Spanish.

The prosecution is planning for the trial to begin in August 2019


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On Thursday, Feb. 24, Russia began its attack on Ukraine.

With heavy casualties expected on both sides, you might be wondering how you can help.

On TODAY Monday, NBC News correspondent Kerry Sanders highlighted two organizations that are on the ground at the Ukrainian border providing food and shelter for refugees streaming out of the country.

Global Empowerment Mission

The Miami-based organization Global Empowerment Mission is on the ground in the tiny village of Medyka, Poland, using donations to buy refugees train and plane tickets to help them reach any family or friends they may have in Europe.

"They have an opportunity to stay with a friend of theirs, you know, (in) a bordering country where they’re in the warm and they can eat nice meals at the table," GEM founder Michael Capponi told Sanders.

World Central Kitchen

For many refugees, food is an immediate need. Chef Jose Andrés has set up his World Central Kitchen on the ground at the Ukraine-Poland border providing warm meals for the hungry.

"Nothing sends a bigger message of hope than a humble plate of food. And that’s the only thing we know how to do," Andrés said. "America is gonna be with the people of Ukraine."

TODAY also compiled a list of United States-based charities that will put your money to good use, based on information from their websites. Here are nine organizations you can support:


Americares has deployed an emergency response team to Krakow, Poland, to provide aid to the Ukrainian refugees there. According to their press release, they have been sending "large-scale shipments of medicine and relief supplies" to the refugees and are prepared to "deliver medicine, medical supplies, emergency funding and relief items to the region" at will.

United Way Worldwide

United Way Worldwide has just launched a global relief fund for the people in Ukraine called The United for Ukraine fund. The money raised will provide refugees with food, shelter, medicine, transportation and critical childcare supplies that infants need such as formula.

Angela F. Williams, President and CEO, United Way Worldwide addressed the crisis in Ukraine in a press release.

She said, "There is no doubt that this situation is fluid and changing by the hour. And though the needs are great and will likely only grow and change over time, we will be there to support those in crisis."

“United Way stands ready to mobilize the caring power of our global community to help ease the suffering of those whose lives have been upended, and whose future is uncertain," Williams added.

World Health Organization

The WHO foundation is calling on people around the world to help them provide aid to Ukraine. With everyone's help, the WHO foundation can reach its goal of raising $57.5 million to fund “immediate large-scale emergency response and health needs in Ukraine and the humanitarian response in neighboring countries.”

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According to its press release, the money will help Ukraine's neighboring countries deal with the overflow of patients in their hospitals as well as anyone who needs immediate medical assistance.

Not to mention, WHO will also help to support the mental health of anyone who has been affected by the crisis, including healthcare workers.


USA for UNHCR fundraises on behalf of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and recently, they made headlines for partnering with Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds to help people in Ukraine. On Feb. 26, the couple announced that they were going to match donations of up to $1 million that the UN Refugee Agency was getting for Ukraine. And within 48 hours, Reynolds and Lively met their goal.

According to the official website of USA for UNHCR, the money went towards providing "lifesaving aid, protection and hope for displaced families from Ukraine."

But even with so much support, the organization knows that they still have plenty more people to help so UNHCR says that they are currently “on the ground scaling its response to provide assistance and ensure those displaced find safety in welcoming arms in this moment of crisis."

Global Giving Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund

The Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund by Global Giving sprung into action once Russia declared war on Ukraine earlier this week.

According to the organization's official website, your donation will help "affected communities in Ukraine, with a focus on the most vulnerable, including children, who need access to food, medical services, and psychosocial support."

Not only that, but the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund will "support humanitarian assistance in impacted communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled."

International Rescue Committee

As the conflict in Ukraine escalates, the International Rescue Committee is getting ready to prepare for the worst. Right now, it is mobilizing resources to aid the people in Ukraine who were forced to flee their homes.

"The IRC is meeting with partners and local civil society organizations in Poland and Ukraine to assess capacity for responding to an increase of refugees and people in need," said the organization on its official website. "We will work to respond where we are needed the most and with the services that are needed urgently. Whatever the needs are, we are preparing to meet them.”

Save the Children

According to Save the Children, there are 7.5 million kids who are in danger of physical harm, emotional distress and displacement due to the invasion in Ukraine. Even before the conflict escalated this week, there were already 400,000 children there who needed humanitarian aid.

That's why Save the Children has made their own Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund to help Ukrainian families now. On their official website, the organization said that it will use donations to help families meet their basic needs such as food, medicine and shelter.

Save the Children's specialist teams will also help Ukrainian children get access to education and psychosocial support.

People wait in a traffic jam as they leave the city of Kharkiv (Antonio Bronic / Reuters)
© Antonio BronicPeople wait in a traffic jam as they leave the city of Kharkiv (Antonio Bronic / Reuters)

Razom for Ukraine

Razom for Ukraine has been helping Ukrainians since the organization was first established in 2014. It aims to help Ukraine pursue a democratic society that has civil rights for all.

"This is not the first time we are all facing the hybrid war against us. And together we will stand strong!" the charity said on its Facebook page.

According to its official website, the organization is named Razom for Ukraine because Rzaom "means 'together' in Ukrainian and serves as a constant reminder of the community that it takes to create, build and do, to stay the path towards a more prosperous and democratic Ukraine."

The International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross is helping the Ukrainian Red Cross assist people who were affected by the conflict there.

Once war broke out, ICRC president Peter Maurer released a statement on the organization's website.

"The ICRC’s priority is to assist those in need," he said. "This week we delivered 3,000 liters of potable water to Dokuchaevsk hospital and sent 7,000 liters to Donetsk municipality."

"Recent work also includes visits to places of detention to help improve hygiene and nutrition," he added. "The security situation permitting, our teams now in Ukraine will continue their work to repair vital infrastructure, support health facilities with medicines and equipment, and support families with food and hygiene items."

"We will also continue our bilateral and confidential dialogue with the parties to the conflict to protect those affected by the fighting," Maurer continued.

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Howard V. Golub

Former Senior Counsel for PG&E brother of Judge Joel Golub former traffic commissioner Walnut Creek Superior Court

Howard V. Golub
At a Glance

Howard is a recognized leader among energy law practitioners in California.

Built on a foundation of decades of experience with both the law and with key decision-makers, Howard consistently develops innovative solutions delivering outstanding results for his clients.

From 1986 to 1994 he was vice president and general counsel of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

At a Glance

Howard is a recognized leader among energy law practitioners in California.
Built on a foundation of decades of experience with both the law and with key decision-makers, Howard consistently develops innovative solutions delivering outstanding results for his clients.
From 1986 to 1994 he was vice president and general counsel of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Howard Golub provides services to a wide range of clients in the energy industry, including utilities, large consumers, public agencies, independent power producers, and developers of technologies for the production of energy.

Howard’s work includes strategic planning, merger and acquisition, utility system creation, franchise agreements, energy project development, contract negotiation and formulation, contract restructuring and alternative dispute resolution. He makes appearances before a variety of federal and state agencies.

Howard focuses on clients’ objectives, primarily in the areas of developing new opportunities, improving their competitiveness and defending existing rights through an integrated regulatory-transactional approach. For example, he created a strategy that allowed one client to develop an independent and fully functioning electric distribution enterprise, taking less than six months from conception to operation — an unprecedented and cost-effective solution. Another client was facing financial ruin until Howard developed a regulatory strategy to cure several years of poor decisions by prior management. A third client was saved $350 million in utility charges.

The energy industry, particularly in California, has been in a state of change for some years and that process will continue — particularly in the areas of price structures, infrastructure development, integration of environmental mandates, transmission access, competition, energy efficiency, renewable energy development, rate design and development of new market entrants. These changes represent significant opportunity for astute market participants.

Representative matters include:

  • Creation of new utility systems and counseling developing systems
  • Community choice aggregation
  • Feasibility studies involving legal, regulatory, operational and financial issues
  • Rulemaking proceedings
  • Rate-setting and rate design proceedings
  • Discounted power rates
  • Utility exit fees
  • Utility tariff interpretation and modification
  • Power sales agreements, both for sellers and buyers
  • Interconnection agreements and transmission access agreements
  • Natural gas supply agreements
  • Development of renewable resource power projects
  • Hydroelectric licensing
  • Certificates of public convenience and necessity
  • Franchise agreements
  • Utility rights-of-way
  • Environmental compliance

From 1986 to 1994 Howard was vice president and general counsel of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, one of the largest energy utility companies in the United States. He reported directly to the Board of Directors and to the chief executive officer and served on the company’s Management Committee consisting of the CEO and 10 other senior officers. As chief legal officer of the company, he had extensive experience with all aspects of energy law – regulation, legislation, commercial transactional and litigation. He was also PG&E’s lead environmental officer, responsible for environmental policy and for auditing environmental compliance. He formulated and implemented a proactive environmental program which increased competitiveness and earnings, was strongly endorsed by national environmental leaders, and personally awarded the nation’s highest environmental medal by the President of the United States.

Prior to entering private practice, Howard was an assistant district attorney for New York County (1968-1969) and an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Navy (1969-1973) where he tried numerous courts-martial and later served as a U.S. Military Judge. After leaving active duty, Howard remained in the Naval Reserves, rising to the rank of captain.
Howard is admitted to numerous federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Hunter College, B.A. cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Naval War College: Senior Reserve Officer Course
  • MIT Sloan School of Management: Executive Management Program for General Counsel.


  • California
  • New York


  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Energy, 2004

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