EXCLUSIVE: Controversial Snapchat posts could shed light on days before young mother’s beheading in San Carlos

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (KGO) — A father expressed his regrets to ABC7 I-Team journalist Dan Noyes that he did nothing to keep his daughter away from the man who police say killed her Thursday in a brutal sword attack.

“Every time I saw her, I begged her. Don’t talk to her. Leave it and it seemed like the more I did that, the more she would see it.”

From this exclusive interview, we learn a lot about the victim and the man currently being held for her murder in San Carlos.

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This family wants you to know Karina Castro, understand what she went through, and help her bring her children home. They were taken away by social workers after the attack.

Castro’s grandmother, Danielle Gannon, met Noyes outside her home in Vallejo on Friday.

Gannon: “I’m vaccinated and boosted and everything to keep you safe. (hugs) I don’t know how to do this.”

No Yes: “I am really sorry.”

She invited Noyes inside to meet her son, Marty Castro – the victim’s father during Thursday’s beheading.

Castro: “She was an amazing girl.”

Ganon: “She was an amazing woman, very stubborn, determined to raise her daughters on her own.”

Karina Castro was 27, attended Menlo-Atherton High School, earned her GED, and worked as a Door Dash driver. She left behind 7-year-old and 1-year-old daughters.

She had the youngest with the man now detained for her murder, Jose Raphael Solano Landaeta, 33.

A dad shared his regrets with ABC7 I-Team reporter Dan Noyes that he didn't

A dad shared his regrets with ABC7 I-Team reporter Dan Noyes that he didn’t

A father has shared his regrets with ABC7 I-Team reporter Dan Noyes that he did nothing to keep his daughter away from the man who killed her.

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The family says his name is Rafa Solano and he was not working. Noyes found rap songs which he posted on YouTube.

Ganon: “He’s a diagnosed schizophrenic who takes medication. And he would use that as an excuse for his behavior. He was drinking excessively and you’re not supposed to do that with those kinds of medications.”

The family confirms what the I-Team learned from law enforcement sources on Thursday that Solano had been violent with Castro and obtained a restraining order against him in April, but continued to interact with him.

Castro: “If there’s someone out there abusing your daughter, don’t leave. Don’t give up. Don’t take no for an answer. You feel responsible no matter what anyone says.”

Ganon: “Me too, baby.”

The day before the murder, Snapchat messages between the couple became very controversial. The I-Team got more than a dozen, most with language too explicit to show.

She threatens to reveal to the world Solano’s criminal record which includes a rape conviction involving a minor. He calls it “the snitch lip” and warns it “F*** around and find out.”

Castro retaliates, “You want to put a target on my back, your homies are gonna know who you really are” and threatens to expose his sexual relationship with another man. She adds, “Dude, go ahead, try to take my ass off.”

Hours later, they had a confrontation in the street outside his apartment – his daughters safely inside.

Marty Castro: “He got angry, went into the trunk of his car, pulled out what it was and killed her right behind his car.”

Stunned neighbors watched it unfold. Chapel Thorborne saw the horrific consequences.

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Thorborne said: “The head was under the car and it was lying in the back of the car, just cut off, then they covered it.”

Castro’s family told me they learned of the murder Thursday night from the media. Her father rushed to the scene and saw firefighters spraying blood on the street.

Castro: “When the deputy approached, he didn’t confirm who it was. But I said she had this black Volkswagen. He said yes, it’s necessary. It’s my daughter.”

The social workers had already taken the girls. Gannon and Marty Castro want them as soon as possible, but the CPS said they would have to go through the application process.

Gannon says, “I want those girls. That’s what I want first, then I want Rafa fried in jail. I don’t care what happens to him.”

As Noyes left, Marty Castro was in tears, calling the coroner to get his daughter’s effects, calling CPS to pick up his grandchildren, and calling animal control so he could pick up his dog and two cats.

Rafa Solano’s arraignment was scheduled for Friday afternoon, but was pushed back to Monday.

The City of San Carlos and the Community Foundation are accepting donations to help Castro’s children. You can donate here.

Love shouldn’t hurt, but domestic violence can happen in any relationship, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, religion or gender. These local resources can help.

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