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

The Pasadena Residential Care Center at 1415 North Garfield Ave., Pasadena
The Pasadena Residential Care Center at 1415 North Garfield Ave., Pasadena
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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.