Two dead, 1 in custody after Avondale hair salon shooting

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AVONDALE — UPDATE: The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says Jose Jesus Rodriguez Parra was found dead in jail Sept. 19 after an apparent suicide. An inquest into his death is ongoing.
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Two people died after a shooting at an Avondale hair salon on Sunday afternoon.

At around 3 p.m., police were called to Ema’s hair and beauty salon near Central Avenue and Madden Drive to reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived, they located a man and a woman with gunshot wounds. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

During the investigation, detectives learned that the suspect, Jose Jesus Rodriguez Parra, 61, allegedly entered the living room and shot and killed his wife and another man. Their names have not been released.

Rodriguez Parra and his wife co-own the salon, according to the Avondale Police Department.

The relationship between the two victims has not been revealed. Police have not released any information on a possible motive.

Rodriguez Parra was incarcerated in Maricopa County Jail on multiple counts, including first degree murder.

ABC15 spoke to those who knew Ema Maldonado, as they stopped at the Avondale Salon she co-owned with her husband to light a candle and lay flowers.

They say Ema made them look and feel better after leaving her living room.

“I adore her, she was a beautiful, wonderful person,” said Diana, who said she never had to wait when she came to Ema’s salon.

On Sunday, Ema, 55, was one of two people shot dead.

Court documents say her husband, Jose, told police he suspected Ema of having an affair with the male victim, who was not identified as of Monday night.

Jose admitted to investigators that he put a phone in Ema’s car to listen in on conversations and prove she was having an affair.

Around 3pm on Sunday, court documents say Jose got into a fight with the male victim before shooting her, then turned the gun on Ema – all inside the Central Ave living room in Avondale.

Two young children of the male victim were in the living room at the time.

Court documents say Jose admitted to police that he was the one who carried out the shooting and that security cameras captured the crime from inside the living room.

“She cared about people, she lived to serve people,” said Jonathan Herrera, Ema’s son.

He said the relationship his stepfather had with his mother was a situation of escalating domestic violence.

“He was, I don’t see him as a bad person. But he made a bad decision, he hurt a lot of people. We weren’t the only ones who got hurt, there was also a of his clients who also lost their lives,” he said.

Jose bought the gun at a pawn shop months before the shooting.

According to court documents, police recommended Rodriguez Parra be jailed without bail because he said he intended to leave the country.

Some customers who thought they knew Ema say they are shocked to find out she is gone.

“Never. I never knew. I never saw it coming,” Veronica said.

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