‘I Feel Like This Is a Horror Movie’: Father Identifies Woman Beheaded in San Carlos

A woman who was beheaded by an isolated lover on the street in front of her neighbors in San Carlos has been identified by her father as 27-year-old Karina Castro, officials said.

Officers with knowledge of the investigation told the NBC Bay Area investigative unit that the woman was beheaded with a sword on Thursday. The victim’s father told NBC Bay Area on Friday that he has a restraining order against his suspected killer.

“I think this is a horror movie that I need to wake up to,” said the woman’s father, Martin Castro Jr.

Martin Castro Jr. arrived at the scene on Friday where his daughter’s memorial stands.

“None of us have eaten. None of us have slept. None of us have drunk anything. Nothing,” said Martin Castro Jr. “I can’t feel anything right now except the hurt. I’m empty.”

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect in the murder as Jose Landaeta Solano, who was arrested Thursday after returning to the scene.

“If they put him to death, I’m up for it,” Martin Castro Jr. said of what he wanted to see next.

Neighbors told NBC Bay Area on Friday that Karina Castro had an unstable relationship with Solano. A neighbor, who said the police often responded to the couple’s fights, recalled hearing Karina Castro being afraid of Solano.

Neighbor Nathaniel Chan said, “She was walking back and forth in front of the house the night before.” “And I heard she was talking very loudly on the phone and said ‘It’s like I have a target on my back.'”

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Karina Castro

Investigators believe the incident began around 10.30 a.m. on Thursday with the couple fighting inside their apartment. The fighting then spread out, where officials said that Solano used what sources described as a samurai sword to kill him.

Investigators told NBC Bay Area that Solano has an extensive, violent criminal past and a history of mental illness. He also said that there is a history of domestic violence calls and other home-related complaints.

Meanwhile, Martin Castro Jr. said that his family is also focused on getting Karina’s children back from child protective services.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 650-333-8195 or Detective Brandt at dbrandt@smcgov.org.

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