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Arrest Made in Tragic Case of Veronica Aguilar, 27, Found Deceased in Car Trunk During Fire Response

A suspect has been apprehended in connection with the death of 27-year-old teacher Veronica Aguilar, whose lifeless body was discovered in the trunk of a car while firefighters responded to a garage fire in Lancaster, California.

Matthew Switalski, the 37-year-old homeowner, was reportedly arrested on Thursday night, according to reports from The Los Angeles Times, ABC, and KTLA.

The distressing incident unfolded at Switalski’s residence in the 41400 block of 38th Street West around 8:30 a.m., where Aguilar’s body was found in the trunk of his car. The two were believed to be dating and living together at the time.

Neighbors reported hearing chilling screams from a woman hours before the fire erupted, as disclosed by multiple sources. Switalski is currently held on $2 million bail, as indicated by jail records cited by ABC.

Veronica Aguilar, a UCLA graduate and elementary school teacher in the Lancaster area, is mourned by family and friends. Juan Aguilar, her brother, expressed the family’s devastation on a GoFundMe page created to assist with funeral expenses, describing Veronica as intelligent and full of spirit.

The community has rallied in support, raising over $20,000 at the time of this publication.

Rhiannon Ingle
Rhiannon Ingle
Journalist at the Medialinker Group
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