Photos: Friends Mourn Slain Women

Neighbors say Vicki Bergman and her daughter, Courtney Bergman, were the two women killed in an apartment on Rockefeller Lane.

Friends and neighbors of two women found dead Tuesday morning at an apartment in the 1900 block of Rockefeller Lane gathered that evening to say prayers and pay respects at a candlelight vigil.

Neighbors have identified the women as Vicki Bergman and her daughter, Courtney Bergman, who was either enrolled at or a recent graduate.

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"Rest in peace Courtney Bergman (and) her mom Vikki (sic)," tweeted Twitter user @silverdestouet. "It breaks my heart knowing things like (this) happen to good people."

More than 75 people congregated at the corner of Rockefeller and Flagler lanes Tuesday night to light candles in the women's honor.

Neighbors told reporters that they were shaken—these are the second and third homicides in less than a week. Last week, police believe Margaret Ann Goldberg—who went by Peggy Duffy—was, Russell Scott Goldberg, during a three-hour standoff with highway patrol.

Capt. Jeff Hink of the said officers do not believe there is any connection between the two incidents.

Still, people are concerned.

"I would feel this is scary, if it didn't just happen last week down the street,"  Selena Padilla, who lives nearby on Prospect Avenue, told the Daily Breeze. "What's scary is we don't know who did it. It's Redondo Beach. You wouldn't expect this to happen here."

On Twitter, users expressed similar sentiments.

"I would be able to sleep a whole lot better if I knew Courtney Bergman (and) her mother's killer wasn't outside," wrote user @ToneeLocc3.

Police have identified Jonathan Scott Chacon, who was reportedly Courtney Bergman's boyfriend, as a person of interest in the slayings. He was last spotted in Orange County driving northbound on Interstate 5 at Alicia Parkway near Mission Viejo.

Anyone who encounters Chacon—described as a Hispanic male standing 5 feet 7 inches and weighing about 160 pounds with black hair and eyes—or sees his black 1996 Mustang convertible (license No. 6CQF458) is advised to call 911.

Otherwise, anyone with information on the slayings is asked to call Redondo Beach police at 310-937-6685, text 310-339-2362 or email crimetips@redondo.org.

Diane Naletich February 29, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I have always loved living here in Redondo Beach as I have felt very safe and secure. I am feeling somewhat unsettled right now, but it does appear that both of these crimes were "crimes of passion" and unrelated.
Redondo Beach Resident February 29, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Obviously- the coward is on his way to his beloved country, Mexico
Redondo Beach Resident February 29, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Breaking news......I was right! He has just been arrested in Mexico!
LPDJ March 01, 2012 at 06:14 AM
I knew Courtney as a former employee and coworker of mine. She was an absolutely sweet girl. On behalf of my former coworkers and myself, our thoughts and prayers go out to Courtney and Vicki's family, friends, and loved ones.
dsjkvfir March 01, 2012 at 10:04 PM
He isn't Mexican, nor is he full Hispanic. What is up with ignorant people commenting and saying stuff liek this these days?


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