Memorial services planned for slain

Memorial services will be held Friday for Fernand and Suzanne Wagner, the longtime Lomita Avenue residents who were found brutally killed last Wednesday in their home.

Fernand Wagner, 78, and his wife Suzanne Wagner, 68, were both born in France, but lived in Millbrae for several years. Suzanne was a hairdresser and Fernand was an investor and property owner. The pair traveled often and returned to France annually to visit family who still lived there. They didn't have children of their own, but had a network of extended family.

Nephew Richard Chagniot of San Francisco spent much of Wednesday afternoon making arrangements for his aunt and uncle's services. He, like the rest of his family and the Wagners' friends and neighbors, are still in shock.

“This is something you can't understand,” Chagniot said. “You can understand someone dying after a bad illness; you can prepare for it. But you can never prepare for something likethis.”

A phoned-in tip led the San Mateo County Sherriff's office to issue a warrant for the arrest of the Wagners' property manager, Joseph George Cua, 52, in connection with the killings. An Oxnard police officer spotted Cua driving on Sunday and arrested him.

Sheriff's Office Capt. Don O'Keefe said Cua would likely be booked into the San Mateo County Jail today or Friday.

Friends are invited to a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 2555 17th Avenue in San Francisco. A Committal will follow at Skylawn Memoral Park, on Skyline Boulevard at Highway 92.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations go to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., NY 10016, or to the St. Cecilia's Activity Center drive.

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