Woman Killed by Estranged Husband in Carlsbad: Family

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    Carlsbad police have opened a homicide investigation after they found a woman's dead body in the parking lot of a business. NBC 7's Matt Rascon has details. (Published Sunday, Apr 13, 2014)

    The family of a woman found slain in Carlsbad Saturday night have revealed her identity, and they accuse her estranged husband in her death.

    Ariflor Gonzalez, 37, died in the 5100 block of Van Allen Way around 7:50 p.m., according to her brother, Ismael Gonzalez. 

    Her body was discovered by police surrounded by a lot of blood in the parking lot where she worked. She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    Police said a family member called 911 to report a domestic violence incident. 

     After following leads, investigators arrested Pedro Rosalino Zurita, 49, at another location. He was booked into the Vista Jail on a first degree murder charge.

    Ismael told NBC 7 that Zurita and the victim were married for 21 years, but three months ago, they separated. 

    However, Ismael said Zurita kept showing up to try to rekindle his relationship with Gonzalez, but she told her brother she did not want to be with her husband. 

    At the time, she was still living with their four children in the family's home in Oceanside.

    Neighbors said there was a large police presence around the family's house Saturday night. 

    Gordon Robbins, who lives across the street, said the Zuritas were a quiet family, but he noticed they had started having problems. 

    "[Zurita] seemed like he was pretty distraught over their relationship break up," said Robbins. "You know, he would come every so often, but he would try to spend time with the kids."  

    Ismael said he believes Zurita killed his wife Saturday night near her work in Carlsbad, where she was a custodian. 

    Investigators have not confirmed the suspect's relationship to the victim.

    Check back for details on this developing news story.