The quiet neighborhood of Reedley, California, was left in shock when four members of the same family were found dead in two neighboring houses earlier this week. The Reedley Police Department has charged a 17-year-old neighbor with four counts of homicide. This case, described by police as a “complex puzzle,” started unraveling when officers discovered the bodies of Billy Bonds, 81, and Guadalupe Bonds, 44, in their home on South Church Avenue. The single-story house, located about 25 miles southeast of Fresno, had an empty gun safe, and it was apparent that several rifles and pistols had been taken.
During the search at Billy’s house, police uncovered the body of Darrell Bonds, Billy’s son, in a shallow grave. Authorities then appealed for information on Guadalupe’s husband, Matthew Bonds, who was reported as missing and at risk. Their investigation led them to the arrest of a 17-year-old boy residing in an adjacent house. Two others, Brynn Curtis, 34, and Rafael Gonzalez, 21, were also arrested on charges of accessory after the fact. Search warrants were issued, and police discovered the body of Matthew Bonds, who displayed signs of trauma, in a detached garage linked to Darrell and Billy.
Police Chief Joe Garza described this crime as one of the most heinous in his 30-year career and expressed his belief that the 17-year-old suspect did not act alone. The investigation is ongoing as authorities work to piece together what exactly transpired. Curtis and Gonzalez have been released on bond, while the 17-year-old suspect remains in custody. It has been revealed that Curtis and Gonzalez are in a relationship, and the arrested teenager is Curtis’ son.
Cheryl Moseley, Billy’s niece, expressed her grief for the loss of her family and emphasized that they were wonderful individuals who would be deeply missed. The Reedley Police Department reassured the community that they are actively pursuing all leads in this case and are dedicated to bringing justice to the victims. So far, the recent arrests represent significant progress, but much work remains ahead.