In Nov. 9 th of 2004 a wife made allegations that her husband Tony Camacho, 39, had been physically and verbally abusive to her. A few days later she contacted police and said that Camacho had kicked her and threatened to kill her. The court gave her a restraining order. Camacho was charged with domestic violence, but the charge was later dropped.
At some point the wife began proceedings for a divorce. The divorce was issued on Dec. 13, 2006. The wife was given custody of the couple’s two children, and Comacho was ordered to move out of the family home by Jan. 12 so the wife and two children could move in.
A week ago, Comacho allegedly talked to an unidentified person and said he “was thinking about killing his wife and himself,” “The person was able to talk him out of it”. Police were not contacted.
But on Sunday the wife filed a police report and alleged that Comacho was threatening her. Police made contact with Comach and advised him that he would be arrested if he went to his wife’s home.
On Thursday night Comacho contacted his wife to ask to see the children. He said he wanted to give them their Christmas presents before they went out of state. The wife allowed him to pick the children up at 7 pm, he was to keep them until 9 pm and then return them.
At 8:30 pm, a fire was reported at the family home. All three were found in a bedroom of the home. Crystal age 8 was found on a bed. Reports indicate she had suffered trauma, but the type of trauma has not been released. It is not known at this point if she died of the trauma or from smoke inhalation.
Camacho and the couple’s 10 year old son Nelson were also found in the bedroom. It is believed they died of smoke inhalation.
Fire officials have determined the fire was the result of arson. Allegedly they found burned gas cans in several places in the home. They also found clorox bottles that appear to have been filled with a liquid and report that some were fashioned like maltov cocktails. Police believe the fire was set by Tony Camacho. And they do believe it was premeditated.
Toney Camacho was pronounced dead at the scene, both children were transferred to a hospital. Crystal died later that night and Nelson died the next day.
Most reports contain neighbors who talk about Tony Camacho and what a nice guy he was an how he loved his children. And that could be possible.
But in the act of separation from his wife all that seems to have gotten lost with control issues, rage and selfishness taking over.
Was he intending to take his own life and wanting to take his children with him? Was he wanting to hurt and punish his wife for how she hurt him? Only Tony Camacho knew for sure.
But Crystal and Nelson are the ones who paid the price. It was not their marriage, it was not their argument. It was not their decisions. But it was their pain and fear.