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Victim in Escondido apartment killing identified

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Posted at 7:14 AM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 10:14:53-05

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (CNS) - San Diego County authorities Tuesday released the name of an Escondido homicide victim.

Rafael Octavio Choza, 63, suffered multiple stab wounds on Dec. 22, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

Police arrested 52-year-old Shelley Reaves on suspicion of killing Choza in the Escondido apartment they shared, authorities said.

Dispatchers received a call shortly after 7 p.m. that day from a woman who reported that her roommate was dead inside an apartment at 660 N. Quince St., Escondido Police Lt. Kevin Toth said. Officers responded to the apartment and found an unresponsive man inside the apartment "with obvious signs of trauma," Toth said.

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Reaves, who was out on bond following a previous arrest, was arrested on suspicion of murder and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

Investigators confirmed that Reaves and Choza were involved in a dating relationship. Choza's death is now being investigated as a domestic-related homicide, Toth said.

Authorities said Reaves has a known history of drug use, and police are investigating whether she was under the influence of drugs at the time of the homicide.

Anyone with information regarding the killing was encouraged to contact the Escondido Police Department.