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Ex-Husband of Slain Woman Told To Pay Her Rent

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COVINA (CNS) - The landlord of a victim of the Covina Massacre is seeking money from her estate, claiming her surviving daughters' move following her death constituted "insufficient notice to vacate."

Broadcrest Foothill Apartment Homes sent an invoice to Alice Ortiz's survivors last Thursday for $2,821.23, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported in a story prepared for Thursday's edition.

The itemized invoice claimed Ortiz's estate owes $1,655 for "insufficient notice to vacate," the Upland apartment, according to the paper. The invoice also sought payment for 12 days rent and other fees for the weeks after she died.

"This is just low," attorney Scott Nord, who represents the surviving victims of the Christmas Eve Massacre, told the Tribune.

Candyse Wardlow, who identified herself as the complex's business manager told the Tribune, "Unfortunately, I can't discuss anything. I can't go into what happened. I can't make any comment."

Messages left at the company's corporate headquarters were not returned.

Ortiz shared the apartment with her son, Michael, and her daughters Monique and Cecily, Nord said.

Alice and Michael were among nine family members killed by Bruce Pardo, the disgruntled ex-husband of Alice's sister Sylvia. Also killed were Alice's parents Joseph and Alicia Ortega, her brothers Charles and James Ortega, and their wives Cheri and Theresa.

Alice's daughters have moved in with their father Carlos Ortiz, who lives in Ontario.

"I'm dealing with my son's death and the death of my ex-wife and then they want to put up these kinds of roadblocks," Ortiz said. "I just don't understand it."

Nord said the landlord began seeking rent at the beginning of the year.

Ortiz said he didn't object to paying for cleaning and repairs to the apartment, but having to pay for breaking the lease was beyond the pale.

Copyright 2009, City News Service.

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