11 year old witnesses Rancho Cordova homicide

5:20 PM, Sep 12, 2012   |    comments
  • Sandra Foster, 50, of Rancho Cordova, shot and killed in apartment.
  • Sacramento County Sheriff's Department investigates double homicide in Rancho Cordova
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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - An 11-year-old girl witnessed the double murder of her neighbors in their Rancho Cordova apartment Wednesday night.

Around 8:30 p.m., the girl went to the victims' apartment to use their phone where she called her mom to get permission to sleep over at a friend's house. While inside, two men dressed in dark clothes broke into the apartment.

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"I hung up and then a few seconds later the big guy barged in," the girl recalled. "I think he grabbed [Sandra] 'cause she started screaming. And then, he kind of nudged me 'cause I hit my head on the corner and then I ran and hid in the closet."

Neighbors said Sandra Denise Foster, 50, who was identified by the Sacramento County coroner, was the caretaker of the second victim, Jim, who was in his 60s.

The 11 year old saw one of the men grab something, then she heard gunshots. She stayed in the closet until the men left.

"The problem is that little 11 year old is traumatized for the rest of her life and it's not fair to her," neighbor Kevin Johnson said.

"I said thank God she is here," the girl's mother said.

Both victims died of a single gunshot wound, Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos said.

Detectives remain tight lipped about investigation. They have not revealed information about the possible motive behind the double homicide nor have they released details on any leads on the killers.

On Thursday, neighbors left a sign and candles for Sandra and Jim outside of the apartment to honor the victims.

"She was a beautiful person. She would give you the shirt off your back if you needed it," the 11-year-old's mother said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident was asked to call the sheriff's homicide bureau at (916) 874-5115,Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or send a text message tip to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


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