Police investigate homicide at Lubbock duplex fire

Published: Dec. 18, 2012 at 3:12 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2014 at 9:06 PM CST
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Lubbock emergency crews are on the scene of a house fire at 58th and Avenue S.
Lubbock emergency crews are on the scene of a house fire at 58th and Avenue S.

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock police are investigating a homicide at the scene of a duplex fire at 58th and Avenue S Tuesday morning.

The deceased has been identified as Denise Alonzo, 34. The suspect in the case remains hospitalized and no name has been released. No arrests have been made.

Alonzo's former co-worker Sarah Revilla said she never thought this would happen to such a bubbly, fun-loving person.

"She was very happy go lucky, always talking and laughing and cutting up. She was a very neat person," Revilla said.

An autopsy was conducted yesterday, but police still cannot release the exact cause of her death.

Sgt. Jonathan Stewart with LPD said around 9:25 a.m. the police department received a call reporting an individual standing outside of 1634 68th street covered in blood.

The caller told dispatch the "subject had blood on him and was claiming that he killed his wife and that he set the duplex on fire," Sgt. Stewart reported.

Another neighbor said the man ran out of the burning duplex with a butcher's knife in his hand. He was later taken to UMC with minor injuries sustained mostly from the fire.

"He asked him if anybody else was inside. And he said yes, his wife was there. He said she was dead and that he killed her," a neighbor said.

Neighborhood residents say this area is typically quiet, nothing like today's scene. Michael Rollison has lived in the duplex complex for nine years with his children.

"I came home and I see all the police and ambulances and it kind of scared me, because I have kids," Rollison said.

Rollison admits news of the possible homicide has put him on edge.

"You got to be prepared to protect your family because I have kids and I'm a single dad and I don't want anything to happen to my kids," Rollison said.

He says, he's just ready for this to go away so his family can feel safe again.

"I just wish the police would get this situated because there are a lot of homicides and you don't really know what to expect," Rollison said.

Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Loveless said fire crews and LPD are working together to gather more information as to exactly why and how this fire started.

A fund has been set up to help out Alonzo's children at WesTex Federal Credit Union at 901 Avenue Q under Mario and Lora Martinez.  Lora is Alonzo's sister.

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