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East Palo Alto police investigate Newell homicide

Original post made on Aug 13, 2013

East Palo Alto police are investigating the homicide of a woman found stabbed to death at 45 Newell Road this morning.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 9:31 AM

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Posted by Raymond
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

If not for the drunken driver in jail in RWC; How long might she have gone unnoticed?

I have had two interactions with law Enforcement since I have lived in EPA for 5 yrs.

Both were traffic stops for no good reason. The 'Law' is enforced from behind the wheel in EPA.

As long as you stay indoors, chances are you'll never be noticed.

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Posted by Miriam Carlos
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 13, 2013 at 11:15 am

This lady was a second mother to myself and a lot more others of "Hope House" Mrs. Philiomina you will be greatly missed and forever live in my heart. May you be in the presences of our Heavenly Father Jesus Christ.


-----miriam carlos-------

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I'm very sad to hear about this. When I was in University I rented an apartment at 55 Newell, the other side of the complex. My car was broken into despite a locked secure gate, and one of my neighbors found someone climbing up and into their apartment. There are a lot of bad people that live in East Palo Alto, or who have moved elsewhere like Oakland or San Jose who come back to cause problems there. The police told me that my car was probably broken into by some gang members who have just been released from prison that week and had a history in this area. So, three strikes is not a bad idea in my opinion. What a shame that in all this time we have not cleaned up this area better than this.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm

This sounds like a domestic violence situation, not a random crime. Domestic violence happens everywhere, across all socioeconomic lines. This likely has nothing to do w/car break-ins or street crime. Morever, it sounds like a horrific crime and I'm so very sorry. My heart goes out to the victim's loved ones.

Raymond - Equity's security tells residents that they handle much of the problems on the westside, and have "sort of" taken over from the police. Ugh.

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Posted by Solon
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

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Posted by Hey Crescent
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Hey Crescent- Not everyone who lives on the other side of the river is a low-life slum. Please don't stereotype everyone in the Woodland Park area based on your car experience or other per-conceived ideas about people whom you literally do not know...nor care to get to know.

Thx for the parking ban, by the way. I'll bet your neighborhood has a spike in crime with less folks around to look out for the bad guys. Oh wait, according to you---WE are the bad guys.

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 13, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I assume you are replying to me. I don't stereotype anyone, for every bad neighborhood there are most nice good hard-working people there ... not that it matters when there are also lots of criminals that no one will do something about. I lived over there for a few years, it is a problematic area and has been for a long time, there is lots of crime.

If a friend or potential friend of mine lived there I would have no problem with that, so don't say I would not care to get to know, you don't know me, but you want to discredit my opinion based on false assumptions on your part.

It's a creek, not a river, and with the bridge gone there would be less parking, which it is the point. If you are trying to say that people from across the creek in EPA are doing a service by patrolling the area for crime that's kind of ridiculous, don't you think?

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Posted by whattha
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 13, 2013 at 5:05 pm

whattha is a registered user.

all this other discussion is not necessary we lost someone who has given back to her community and tried to help people in need of help so please cut out this unecessary mess and just have a moment of silence or pray for peace and her kids and family she will truly be missed by all the ladies she has shown support to and helped and all the agencies that are affiliated with her and the work she has done R.I.P Philiomina

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 13, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Here's the press release. My condolences to Ms. Ashford-Anderson's loved ones who've suffered a terrible loss, and to the community she helped so much.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For additional information:
Release Date: August 13, 2013 Det. Delbert Thomas
Ph. 650.798.5955

Homicide Investigation / Arrest

On August 12, 2013 at approximately 9:31 PM, police officers with the Redwood City Police Department arrested a suspect on an unrelated DUI involving a minor traffic collision. The suspect was transported and treated at a local hospital for his injuries. At approximately 3:30 AM the suspect was booked into the San Mateo County Jail. Shortly thereafter the suspect provided information to jail deputies on the location of a homicide victim.

East Palo Alto Officers responded to 45 Newell Road apt 102 to check the welfare of the tenant(s). Officers arrived on scene and subsequently located a deceased female in one of the rooms. The victim was identified as 47 year old Philomena Ashford-Anderson of East Palo Alto.

A preliminary investigation revealed the victim and suspect were in a dating relationship at the time of the homicide, and possibly residing together. The victim sustained multiple stab wounds to her upper torso. The suspect identified as, Richard Slaughter was booked into the San Mateo County Jail on murder charges.

Anyone who may have witnessed or has any information regarding this homicide is encouraged to contact Detective Delbert Thomas at 650-798-5955, or contact the East Palo Alto Police Department via one of the following means:

• East Palo Alto Police Dispatch 650-321-1112
• Send an anonymous email to
• Send an anonymous text from your cell phone to 650-409-6792
• Leave an anonymous voice mail by calling 650-409-6792
Prepared by: Detective Angel Sanchez

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