David Hernandez, Karen Kucher
The San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego police said Tuesday that the death in Mexico of a suspect in the fatal shootings of two women in Otay Mesa — the mother and grandmother of his 6-month-old son — is believed to have been a suicide.
Tijuana police found Justice Love Peace, 31, in a small white Porsche SUV, with a 9 mm handgun on his abdomen, after a 911 caller reported a lifeless body in a vehicle on Santa Teresa Street about 10 a.m. Monday.
Federal prosecutors in Baja California said Peace had suffered a gunshot wound to his head. San Diego police said the wound appeared to be self-inflicted.
“Investigators do believe it is the body of the suspect in this case,” San Diego police Lt. Matt Dobbs said.
San Diego police believe Peace shot the 37-year-old mother of his son and the baby’s 65-year-old grandmother at their Otay Mesa home on Ebersole Drive before he took off with the boy in the SUV about 8:20 a.m. Sunday.
Police later found the boy unharmed at an apartment complex linked to Peace in the Rolando neighborhood of San Diego. Dobbs said Tuesday that Peace dropped off the infant with his wife before he drove to Mexico.
The child’s mother was identified Tuesday as Elizabeth Stolz and the boy’s grandmother as Debora Stolz.
“This appears to be a tragic case of domestic violence,” Dobbs said, adding that Peace had visitation rights and went to pick up the boy on the day of the shooting.
Neighbors have said Debora Stolz was a longtime foster parent and had adopted some of the children over the years, including Elizabeth Stolz.
After the shooting, police launched a manhunt for Peace. A car registered to him led SWAT officers to an apartment complex on 63rd Street in Rolando, where they found the infant. Police also located the car — a black Prius — but did not find the suspect.
According to a photo of a receipt shared with The San Diego Union-Tribune, Peace picked up a 2020 Porsche Cayenne from a rental company at the San Diego International Airport late Saturday, paying $350 a day to rent the SUV for two days.
Baja California state police on Sunday asked Mexican authorities to be on the lookout for Peace, who was considered armed and dangerous. In a bulletin, state police said Peace crossed the international border to Mexico about 9:50 a.m. Sunday — roughly 90 minutes after the killings. The bulletin said he was seen later in Playas de Tijuana.
Peace changed his name from Jeremiah Alfred Horton in 2014. According to state records, he held a current firearm permit and security guard licence.
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