Palmdale: Victims of deadly double stabbing at mall were a father and daughter

PALMDALE, Calif. (KABC)– The family of two who were brutally stabbed to death in a Palmdale mall parking lot are speaking out and demanding justice.

The incident was reported just before noon Thursday at a mall on the 39800 block of North 10th Street West, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators said the suspect, who remains in custody and has not been identified, asked one of the victims for help with the car before a fight reportedly broke out between them.

They said that led to the stabbings.

According to family members, the victims are Ken Evans and his daughter McKenna Evans.

“My heart didn’t want it to be true,” said Jesse Mercardo, who dated McKenna for eight months. “But in my eyes the truth was that she was killed. She’s gone now.”

Elizabeth Evans, McKenna’s mother and Ken’s wife, said her husband was working on his car in the parking lot before the attack.

She said she didn’t know why the suspect stabbed him.

“When he was handcuffed, he grinned,” she said. “He had a grin on his face. How dare he? I hope he never gets out of prison.”

Both Mercado and the grieving mother want people to know that their loved ones were real people with goals.

They said McKenna, who was 22, was studying to be a cosmetologist.

“All I want from this is just one more time… just one more time. Can I just hold her again? And say goodbye and that’s it. tell her i love her I will always love her.” Mercado said.

Investigators say the suspect and victims appeared to have been living in their vehicles.

As they continue to search for a motive, clients like Bonnie Haberstick tell Eyewitness News they are stunned by the crime scene that’s left

“It’s all bandages and they’re all bloody and gloves and gauze – I mean, who does that? Everything was left,” she said.

Ben Mihm, a retired detective who owns an independent crime scene cleaning company, also found this odd.

“It’s always best to clean the scene because you have to protect yourself from biological hazards,” he said. “You don’t want anyone going in there and going in and going through.”

ABC7 asked the sheriff’s department about it, and a spokesman said cleaning protocols were being followed.

Eyewitness News was on hand when a cleaning company and fire department officers returned to remove the debris from the crime.

Investigators have not yet found the murder weapon.

The suspect faces a charge of murder.

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