22-year-old Fatima Marin Cedillo killed in stabbing at local park
A young woman was stabbed to death at a San Diego park overnight, and authorities were still piecing together what led up to her killing Sunday morning.
At around 2:30 a.m., police were called to a park in the 11500 block of Meadow Grass Lane in response to a reported stabbing.
Officers responding to calls about the attack found the woman suffering from at least one apparent stab wound to the upper body, Brown said. Paramedics took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 3:45 a.m.
Investigators said the details surrounding the stabbing were hazy. Detectives learned that the woman arrived at the park with a group of friends and approached another group of people who were already there. “After a brief encounter,” the woman came back to her friends and told them she had been stabbed, police said.
Why the woman went to meet the other group, and anything else about what led up to the stabbing, remained unclear. There was no detailed description of a suspect in the case, only word of a man who drove away from the area shortly after the attack.
Resident Melanie Courtoglous, who has lived in the neighborhood for 15 years, says Sabre Springs is an “extremely quiet” and “very safe” neighborhood, so finding out about the incident shocked her.
“You never do expect those kinds of things to happen at all – even in your own backyard period – although we do know that can happen,” Courtoglous said. “There are situations that continue to arise stemming from the pandemic, however, in this section of San Diego we are very safe, we walk our dogs, we run with our kids in the stroller and we have never had any issues.”
Sonia Somasundaram, of Sabre Springs, says the later it gets, the scarier it gets to go to the South Creek Park.
“My mom talked to me that there was a bunch of caution tape around the park, which is kind of jarring because I always come here,” she said. “It was scary to think about that because even I come here a lot at night and especially as a young girl, I don’t want to be alone or with my group of my friends.”
Detectives identified the victim’s cousin, Uriel Cedillo, as the suspect. At 10 a.m. Sunday, police arrested the Poway resident in the 12000 block of Oak Knoll Road.
Anyone with information was urged to call the SDPD Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.