Suspects, victims in California killings were 'furries'

A makeshift memorial is created on the front porch of the home where three adults were found dead on Saturday

Two young men have been charged with multiple murder counts in the slayings of a California couple and a family friend.

All five people have been involved in the furry community, where people dress up in colourful animal costumes.

Prosecutors allege that Acosta was the gunman in the killings of Jennifer Yost, 39, her husband, Christopher Yost, 34, and their friend Arthur Boucher, 28.

Melinda Giles said she became friends with Jennifer after meeting her and Katlynn at a furry gathering, and also said she saw Acosta and Felix at furry events.

"The suspects and the family are known to one another", Fullerton police spokesman Sergeant Jon Radus told reporters at a press conference. "That said, a 17 year old female juvenile has also been detained in connection with the murders and is in the custody of the Orange County Juvenile Hall".

Two of the couple's daughters, ages 6 and 9, were home when police arrived.

Ray Arechiga, a 23-year-old college student, said Jennifer Yost, her daughter and Felix were part of the community.

Officers previously said they were concerned for Katlynn's safety, but later found her unharmed. She was later found unharmed, police said in announcing the arrests.

She said Jennifer Yost told her several weeks ago that she had forbidden Felix from seeing her daughter. "It is really sad because they didn't deserve that". The younger girl alerted police by calling 911, saying their parents had died.

Friends and relatives of Boucher said he was staying with the Yosts until he could get back on his feet. "Literally he would give the shirt off his back to a ideal stranger if he needed it".

Goodwill Yost is a high school senior and member of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps.

Furries are people who enjoy taking on animal personas. Many furries do not wear the costly full-body costumes, but instead wear badges displaying to their imaginary animal characters.

Parque-Johnson, whose own character is a raccoon called Bandit, led a group of other furries to a makeshift memorial at the site of the murders on Sunday, where they laid flowers and lit candles.

"We hope the quick arrest of these individuals will bring comfort to the community and assist the friends and family of those affected by this unthinkable crime", he said. Neither man has been reachable for comment while being held in jail since the weekend.

Felix's father said via telephone that he did not know whether his son had an attorney but was a "good kid" who worked different jobs and lived at his family's home in Sun Valley, California. If you have any relevant information about this incident, you're urged to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.

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