Four Dead at Coronado Crime Scene

SWAT team called out early on New Year's Day

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    New details are emerging about the four people who were found dead inside a Coronado home on New Year’s Day, including two U.S. Navy pilots. 

    The four bodies were found with gunshot wounds in a three-unit building at 1020 Park Place, according to sheriff’s deputies.

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    Two of the victims were 25-year-old active duty Navy personnel, according to the Medical Examiner's Office. Base officials say they were naval pilots that trained at MCAS Miramar. (Published Monday, Jan 2, 2012)

    Two of the victims were 25-year-old active duty Navy personnel, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Base officials say they were naval pilots that trained at MCAS Miramar.

    One of those pilots was David Reis, 25, his father, Tom Reis, told the Associated Press on Monday. David’s sister, Karen Reis, 24, was also found dead inside the home, according to their father and a law enforcement source. (Karen and David Reis pictured on the right.)

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    SWAT team called out early on New Years Day. (Published Monday, Jan 2, 2012)

    The identity of the other 25-year-old pilot, who neighbors say lived with David Reis, has not been released.

    The fourth person found dead was a 31-year-old male from Chula Vista, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. His name has not been released and his relationship to the other three still isn't clear.

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    They can't understand how this type of crime could take place in their usually quiet city. (Published Monday, Jan 2, 2012)

    "I understand that they went to downtown San Diego and they met somebody, and they brought somebody back with them," said neighbor Jean-Marie Bond.

    A spokesperson for the Reis family requested privacy Monday afternoon as a neighbor placed a sympathy card and flowers on the lawn of the family's northwest Bakersfield home.

    Karen Reis went to UC San Diego where she was a varsity volleyball player and coached youth club teams, according to a family friend.

    Peter Benzian lives half a block away from the scene of the crime and said his son-in-law was awake at the time the incident happened.

    “I understand he heard some pops or what he thought might be firecrackers or celebrations,” said Benzian.

    Officials said somebody placed a 911 call at 2:20 a.m. reporting multiple gunshots. When officers from Coronado Police arrived at the building, which is located on Park Place near Orange Avenue, just a few blocks from the Hotel Del Coronado, they found a man near the front door.

    "After contacting him, it was determined that the man was deceased," Lt. Larry Nesbit of the sheriff’s homicide detail said on Sunday morning.

    Officers withdrew and established a perimeter around the building, and the county SWAT team was called in.

    At one point, a robot was sent in to the multi-apartment structure to determine whether there was an active shooting suspect on the first floor. When none was found, the SWAT team went in. Nesbit said the team discovered two other dead men and a dead woman inside the residence.

    No motive has yet been determined, but Nesbit did offer one detail about the case.

    "It's still early in the investigation, but there are no outstanding suspects," Nesbit said.

    The four bodies were removed from the scene by the Medical Examiner late Sunday night.

    Neighbors were saddened to hear the news.

    "This is not what you'd expect," said Don Hubbard, a neighbor. "So I was very sad."

    Residents in Coronado say they’re shocked that their usually quiet town is once again the scene of something so gruesome.

    Coronado was in the national spotlight just six months ago when Rebecca Zahau’s body was found hanging, bound and nude from the balcony of her boyfriend's Coronado mansion. The Sheriff's Department ruled the death a suicide.

    “It does seem like we've had more violence in Coronado than we've had in a long, long time,” said Benzian.

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