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Arraignment postponed for man accused in workplace murder

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man accused of killing a 63-year-old woman at their workplace in Mira Mesa earlier this month was charged Wednesday with murder. Arraignment, however, was put off until Friday for Leopoldo Pacuan because a Tagalog interpreter was unavailable.

Pacuan, 48, was arrested at his San Diego residence last Thursday in connection with the May 18 death of Raquel Morales, according to San Diego police Acting Lt. Manuel Del Toro.

Ryan Alacon, the victim's nephew, said the defendant worked with his aunt, though their exact relationship wasn't clear. He also had words for Pacuan.

"If you are guilty, we are hoping that you will be sent to jail and suffer," Alacon said. "Raquel, my aunt, was the sweetest person. She (was) a wife, a mother, she was a sister, she was a daughter."

Officers found Morales at the LBC Express business office in the 8900 block of Mira Mesa Boulevard just before 2 a.m. May 18, after her husband called police and asked someone to check on his wife because she had failed to return home from work as usual.

Her body sustained "obvious trauma," Del Toro said.

LBC Express is a cargo and courier service. Inside the business, there is now a donation box that reads, "May you rest in peace.
Condolences, from all of us 'LBC crew' and customers. We love you Raquel, God bless."

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