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A Long Beach man has been charged with three counts of murder in connection with a Halloween nighttime accident in which a mother, father, and their 3-year-old son were killed, according to the office of the public prosecutor in Los Angeles County.

Carlo Navarro, 20, was also accused of gross manslaughter of vehicles while he was drunk. The charges include an alleged death of multiple victims.

The police say that Navarro was rushed on the doorstep along Country Club Drive near Los Cerritos Park shortly before 10 p.m. October 31 and beat Joseph Awaida, 30; his wife, Raihan Awaida, 32; and their 3-year-old son, Omar. All three died from their injuries.

Navarro was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and gross manslaughter of vehicles after the crash. He was released from prison after placing a $ 100,000 bond and rebooked on November 7 on a no-bail for two counts of manslaughter. At the time, he was in custody for a non-related burglary order.

Navarro is confronted with allegations of burglary, vandalism, and possession of burglary tools in connection with a burglary on June 30, in which authorities say he broke a glass window at a sheep shop in the Bixby Knolls area. Researchers found him with a mask, bolt cutters, and a backpack with more than $ 600 worth of stolen merchandise, Long Beach city director, Douglas Haubert said.

Navarro was arrested that day, but was released on July 1, according to prison records. The office of the public prosecutor in Long Beach sought an improved bail of $ 500,000 after the Halloween crash. Prosecutors are now trying to hold him without bail.

Joseph Awaida died on a Halloween night in the hospital after being struck by a 2002 Toyota Sequoia police force driven by Navarro.

Awaida worked in his father's car shop and dreamed of becoming a doctor. His young son, Omar, died two days later. The boy's mother, Raihan Awaida, died the next day. She earned a master's degree in social work at Cal State Long Beach in May and had applied for jobs in that area.

The tragedy has brought a stream of support from the Muslim community of Long Beach. More than 4,000 people have been raised around $ 230,000 in a GoFundMe campaign. Thousands attended a memorial at the Islamic Society of Orange County last week.

Faisal Dakhil, the father of Raihan, said that while he was grieving, he found comfort in hearing stories about his daughter from people who knew her. The young couple has been described as committed to community service, both in the Muslim community and at organizations such as For the Child, a non-profit organization that helps suspected victims of child abuse.

"I see them massaging together to continue in their legacy and spirit," Dakhil said of community members who have agreed to continue the spirit of Awaidas. "They are inspired to keep this type of quest going. And that makes us happy and makes me feel like Raihan is still working through them as a person."

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