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Patient confesses to killing fellow patient at Pasadena Residential Care Center, police say

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A patient at an assisted living facility in Pasadena confessed to murdering a fellow patient at the facility who was apparently strangled to death yesterday, police said.

The body of 61-year-old George Shatford was discovered Monday night at the Pasadena Residential Care Center, a facility on North Garfield Avenue that houses and cares for people who are unable to care for themselves. Another patient, 38-year-old Paul Lopez, was subsequently arrested after approaching police and admitting to the murder, according to the Pasadena Star-News.

Pasadena police Lt. Phlunte Riddle told reporters that investigators noticed marks around Shatford’s neck, but he would not state a cause of death until the coroner’s investigation was complete.

A possible motive was not known. Lopez remains in jail on $1 million bail.

Although the Star-News describes Pasadena Residential Care as “an assisted living facility for the mentally ill,” a website on the facility calls it a “micro-community” that provides “an apartment-style habitat designed to focus on providing assistance with daily living activities” such as “preparing meals, housekeeping, medication assistance, laundry, and ... regular check-ins on the residents.” The site does not mention mental illness.

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