Daniel Crespo, Mayor of Bell Gardens, was gunned down in his home by his wife, Levette Crespo, aka Lyvette Crespo, in a domestic argument on Tuesday, CBS News is reporting tonight. News of Mayor Daniel Crespo’s death was announced on Bell Garden Police Department’s Facebook page.
“We regret to inform you that Mayor Daniel Crespo has died as a result of a shooting. Officers and Detectives from the Bell Gardens Police Department along with Los Angeles Sherriff’s Homicide Detectives are conducting the investigation.”
Police say they were dispatched to a domestic dispute at 2:30 p.m. at a home in the 6300 block of East Gage Avenue, where they found Daniel Crespo with multiple gunshot wounds to the body. The victim was transported to a local hospital but died from his injuries. According to the couple’s teenage son, Daniel Crespo had been arguing with his wife before the shooting. Los Angles County Sheriff Lt. Steve Jauch makes the following statement about the disturbing events.
“Early reports are that their son, Daniel Jr., 19, tried to intervene in the argument. Early information we have is that a struggle ensued between Daniel Sr. and Daniel Jr. Ultimately, the wife, Levette, produced a firearm and shot her husband multiple times.”
Members of the Bell County community are truly saddened by his death. Daniel Crespo is described as a good person who always looked out for the younger people in the community. Maria Rios told SCPR that she had fond memories of him.
“Especially me as a teenager, he always wanted to make sure everything was going fine. He would do a lot of activities for us in the apartments, as a whole family. He was always giving us tickets to go to games, stuff like that.”
Maria Rios is not the only community member with good things to say about Daniel Crespo. The former probation officer, who had a history of working with troubled youth, was said to be a caring person with integrity who always took his job seriously. After working as a probation officer in the early 1990’s, Crespo relocated to Bell Gardens, where he was appointed as a Bell City council member in 2001, later winning the election for Mayor of Bell Gardens.
Mayor Daniel Crespo, 45, married his high school sweetheart Lyvette C. Collazo, 43, in 1986. He leaves behind two children, a son and a daughter. His wife and killer Lyvette Crespo was detained and transported to the Bell Gardens Police Department. Update: She has since been released without being charged, leading many to wonder what life was really like behind closed doors. Was there a history of domestic violence? Could Daniel Crespo have been the aggressor? Did his wife Lyvette tell police that she shot him in self defense? These are some of the disturbing questions that Mayor Daniel Crespo’s friends and members of the community are trying to answer. Inquisitr previously covered the death of Canadian Mayor Lucie Roussel.