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UPDATED: Teens find bloody body

Posted: September 16, 2008 2:31 p.m.
Updated: November 17, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 

Three Hart High School students found a blood-soaked body sprawled on the front seat and hanging out of the door of a car Tuesday in a driveway on Udine Road, a sheriff's official said.

Anthony Lombardi, 55, of Valencia, was stabbed multiple times in the upper torso. His car was parked in the driveway of his home at Udine Road, said Lt. Dave Coleman of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau.

The students were out of school early because of a minimum day, neighbor Casey McCarthy said. As the boys pedaled their bicycles past the parked car at about 11:30 a.m. they saw Lombardi's leg hanging out of the car.

"They ignored it," McCarthy said.

They rode by a second time and decided to investigate. The boys discovered Lombardi's blood-soaked body slumped over the wheel and blood spattered all over the car, he said.

Sheriff's deputies were called by another neighbor, McCarthy said.

Crime tape was put up and no cars or people were allowed in or out of Udine Road and Valen Drive. The three boys were taken to the Santa clarita Valley Sheriff's station to give eyewitness testimony. Deputies searched the area but found no suspects, Coleman said.

The murder, the crime tape and a swarm of hovering news helicopters left the neighborhood stunned.

Casey Mohr was on his way home from lunch with his mother when he saw deputies outside the house. He described Lombardi as friendly neighbor who raised pit bulls that were surprisingly friendly.

Lombardi job was to collect money from automated teller machines and his garage was full of ATMs, McCarthy said.
"Nothing happens here," Albert Carter said. Carter, 73, has lived in the area since 1977. He was on his way home from a computer class when deputies stopped him from turning down Valen Drive. "This is a very quiet place. I am surprised," he said.

Family members began streaming to the crime scene. Tears rolled down their cheeks and their screams echoed through the usually serene neighborhood.

Deputies held back family members who rushed toward the yellow tape protecting the crime scene. Angry family members demanded answers from deputies who tried to comfort the family.

Word of the murder spread quickly through the area and officials at Meadows Elementary School were alerted, said Beverly Knutson, assistant superintendent of the Newhall School District. She and other school officials manned corners in the neighborhood and provided escorts for the children who lived in homes behind the police tape.

Investigators recovered no weapons at the scene and found no suspects in the area, Coleman said.

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