Carwash to pay for girl’s funeral
Washing cars Saturday to raise money for Angelica and Crystal’s funeral, relatives, neighbors and friends wondered what could have spurred the tragedy. A devoted father and grandfather, the 52-year-old Burton was often seen with Angelica around the River Ranch town-home community. He took her to the pool and to school, and he kept a close watch over her, neighbors said. At the carwash in Sylmar, Angelica’s relatives and neighbors shared stories about the girl with dark-blond hair and a charming personality. “She was very smart for 8, very smart,” said former neighbor Joanne Rosas. “All the neighbors loved her.” When Rosas drove home from work, she said she would often find Angelica standing in a parking space to save it for her. Where Angelica’s balcony met a stairway, Rosas and the girl would stand and talk. It was there that Angelica would paint Rosas’ nails with little flowers and stars. The girl also made paintings and wrote friendly notes for Rosas. Once, Angelica noticed that Rosas’ face was red from the sun, so she got her a straw hat with a blue bow. “She loved her grandfather so much, I don’t understand why he took her life and why he didn’t just leave,” said Rosas, who moved out of River Ranch Townhomes in October. Rosas said Angelica’s mother, Crystal, had epilepsy and other health problems. Neighbors said they rarely saw her, and Rubio said Crystal’s relationship with her father was full of conflict. Rubio said Crystal’s father often would argue that his daughter needed to take more responsibility. Former neighbors from River Ranch Townhomes plan to hold a carwash May 19 at 8 a.m. to help the Maldonados raise money for a funeral. It will be at or near River Ranch, in the 18000 block of Annes Circle in Canyon Country. [email protected] (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The night she was fatally shot while lying in her own bed, 8-year-old Angelica Maldonado was supposed to have been at a sleepover at a friend’s home. But instead, Angelica’s grandfather – Richard Boyd Burton – went over and took her home, said Martha Rubio, 30, a family relative. Early Tuesday morning, neighbors in a Canyon Country complex of town homes heard gunshots. Investigators said Burton had shot Angelica and his daughter, Crystal Marie Burton, 24. Authorities said he then killed himself. “A lot of people think that he had it planned because he wouldn’t let her spend the night at her friend’s house,” Rubio said Saturday.