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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Vera Crutcher, Oxnard CA

Vera’s son, Donald Bruce Crutcher was a cabinetmaker. At the young age of 22, he became a victim of homicide on August 20, 1978.

His youngest brother Mark invited Donald and Lorelei, his girlfriend, to a birthday/going away party. Lorelei left the party and went to the parking complex of the condominium across the street to get something from her car.

Lorelei was approached by a group of young men that she did not know. Whatever they said to her scared her enough for her lock herself in the car. She started yelling and honking the horn as she called for help.

The men tried to break the windows trying to get to her and one of them shot twice at her, but the bullets became lodged in the door. When the guests at the party came out to see what the noise was about, Donald saw someone slashing his cars tires. When he approached a person turned around and stabbed him in the stomach. Donald tried to get away while holding his stomach. He left his bloody prints on the car as he tried to make his way around the car. He never made it. The autopsy report read "he was stabbed and shot various times."

During the investigation it was found that the young men belong to a gang from Venice, California and were friends of the honoree of the going away party. One man was found guilty and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Not long after he was released he was killed while committing another assault, according to a small blurb Vera saw in the newspaper.

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