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Long Beach man accused of murdering 9-year-old stepdaughter to cover up sex abuse

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Xiomara Fernandez

The story of the 9-year-old girl murdered in Long Beach gets even worse, as authorities now say the man in custody killed her to cover up months of sexual abuse.

According to the L.A. Times, police believe 31-year-old Jacinto Zuniga Trujillo, stepfather to Xiomara Fernandez, stabbed her to death last Saturday, April 28, following several months of sexual abuse. The girl’s body was found in the parking lot of Los Altos United Methodist Church, with a message nearby written in blood.

A witness passing by the grisly scene said she also saw a man there near the girl’s body, suffering from what appeared to be self-inflicted stab wounds. The man was arrested and later identified as Trujillo.

Court filings by the District Attorney’s Office could allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Trujillo. District attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said Trujillo is also accused of five counts of sexual assault against the child, according to charges filed Tuesday.