Monday May 30 2011
Suspect arrested in Loomis triple homicide
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Editor
Roseville man knew victims
A suspect in Saturday’s triple homicide in Loomis has been arrested, said Lt. Mark Reed, with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department. Reed said Jeremy Ray Baker, of Roseville, born June 12, 1979, was arrested Monday in the deaths of Nanette Florance, John Camara and Lawrence Fay. He said all three victims died from gunshot wounds. Reed said Baker knew the victims, but any motive for the killings is not being released at this time and the investigation is ongoing. Baker is being held without bail in Auburn at the Placer County Jail. The victims were discovered Saturday in a home on Rachel Lane after Loomis Fire Protection District personnel responded to a 911 call of a woman down at approximately 10 a.m. Firefighters and Placer County Sheriff’s deputies discovered two victims who were pronounced dead at the scene and a third, Camara, who was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center where he later died. According to Sgt. Alfredo Guitron, sheriff’s detective assigned to the case, all three victims suffered major head trauma. Guitron said autopsies were performed on Monday on two of the victims. Officials said a large amount of blood was found at the home. Before the arrest was made on Monday, Guitron said the person who committed the crimes did it with "intent" and it seemed "the people kind of knew each other." He said there were no signs of a struggle and nothing was disturbed in the home. No weapons or shell casings were found in the home. “It doesn’t seem like anything was taken from the residence,” he said. “We aren’t really concerned it is a random type of event. It seemed pretty specific and pretty contained.” Reports indicate Florance, 47, was found in the home; Fay, 49, was found just outside the door to the backyard; and Camara, 56, was found in the backyard a few minutes later, Guitron said. Numerous neighbors reported hearing three gunshots close together on Friday evening, but did not call 911. Loomis resident Terri Dukes, who said she lives on the street behind the house, described hearing three gunshots at about 7:30 p.m. or 7:45 p.m., Friday. Neighbors said Fay and Camara had lived in the home for a number of years, although they said Fay would come and go. “John was helping him (Fay) out. He came in and out of here off and on,” said neighbor Francie Bishop. Bishop’s husband, Darryl Moxley, called Fay “John’s project,” and called Camara “a great neighbor.” “He (Camera) was awesome, just a great guy,” Bishop said. George Kouza, who was a friend of Camara’s, said, “Johnny had a big heart and he loved animals.” Neighbors said Camara had two dogs and two cats. Guitron said Florance and Camara had a relationship and that she spent time at Camara’s home. According to family friends, Florance was a long-time Loomis resident and had been battling Parkinson’s Disease. Before the disease took its toll, she had been an active volunteer with the South Placer Heritage Foundation and an involved member of the Loomis Quilt Guild. Jackie Kortright, pastor of First United Methodist Church, in Loomis, called Florance “a very generous person and a very talented quilter. She said Florance had battled Parkinson’s for several years and over the past year, it had become more “degenerative.” “Nanette was always reaching out to others. She was a very bright woman,” Kortright said. Cheryl Stokes, a volunteer with the Heritage Foundation, said even when Florance was no longer mobile, she helped sew place mats and table runners that were used during the organization’s events. She said Camara “genuinely cared for Nanette. He was a very nice fellow – his kindness showed.” The Journal’s Gloria Young contributed to this story.