Delmus Eugene Wilkerson, a 71-year-old black man, died of suffocation Saturday, Aug. 27, in the 800 block of West 134th Street in Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Wilkerson lived in a shed on the property, which he was renting from the homeowner, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina.
Investigators believe Wilkerson was selling drugs from his residence and was killed when two men came inside his home early that morning and tried to rob him, Corina said.
Someone at the residence called 911 upon finding Wilkerson’s body, Corina said.
Wilkerson was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:43 a.m. The coroner’s office later ruled the death a homicide by asphyxiation.
Investigators believe someone put a plastic bag over Wilkerson's head during the robbery, Corina said.
Witness reports led to the arrest that night ...
Natalie Vega, a 3-year-old Latina, died Thursday, June 16, after she was put in a burning car in the 300 block of West 124th Street in the Willowbrook neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Vega was at Athens Park with her mother, Vanessa Ibarra, a 25-year-old Latina from Los Angeles, about 9:43 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina.
Ibarra had been living with family in the area off and on but recently had been living out of her SUV with her daughter, Corina said.
That evening in the park, Ibarra set her SUV on fire, Corina said. According to witnesses, Ibarra kept getting in and out of the car, as people shouted at her to get away.
“At one point, she throws the child in the car and gets in herself,” Corina said. “The car ...
Baby Kirkendall-Sosa, a 9-week-old fetus, died April 16, after its mother was shot in the 3000 block of 70th Street in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Investigators found the mother, Adrianna Aryanna Kirkendall-Sosa, a 20-year-old Latina, in the passenger seat of her boyfriend's parked car about 10 a.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Eddie Hernandez.
Kirkendall-Sosa had a gunshot wound to the back of her head, Hernandez said. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:13 a.m., according to coroner's records.
Her boyfriend, Jose Jesus Rivera-Olivarez, a 35-year-old Latino, had been found dead earlier that morning, about 50 yards from the car, Hernandez said.
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Kellyane Tonyebell, a one-month-old black girl, died Friday, March 4, of a drug overdose in the 13000 block of Los Angeles Street in Baldwin Park, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
At about 5:30 a.m., the girl's mother saw that the baby was not breathing, according to L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The mother then attempted CPR and called 911. Paramedics took the girl to a hospital where she was pronounced dead at 6:28 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
The cause of death was not clear at the time, Mendoza said. In late June, deputies received the toxicology report from the coroner; it said Kellyane died of an antihistamine overdose.
Detectives are trying speak to the mother, but Mendoza said she is out of the country.
Undetermined Doe #6, a person, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Dawn Hensley, a 41-year-old white woman, was killed Friday, Dec. 25, when she was set on fire in the 1500 block of Cordova Street in Pomona, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Pomona police officers were called to the scene after neighbors reported seeing a person later identified as Hensley run out of her home engulfed in flames, according to a department news release.
Hensley collapsed on the street and neighbors came to help her until Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics arrived, according to the release. She was taken to a nearby hospital with severe burns, and she was pronounced dead at 1:44 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
According to Pomona police investigators, Hensley got into a heated argument with the father of her children, Clarence Duwell Dear, a 51-year-old black man, and the argument turned physical. Dear allegedly chased Hensley ...
Kellie Marie Nolan, a 27-year-old white woman, died Dec. 12, 2015, in the 16000 block of South Western Avenue in Gardena, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 1 a.m., Nolan and a man checked into a hotel. On a video detectives found at the scene, the coroner's report said, the pair engages in sexual activity involving Nolan being wrapped in tape and cellophane, with tape over her nose.
The man fell asleep while Nolan was still wrapped up and unable to breathe. When he awoke, Nolan was unresponsive. He unwrapped her and called 911 about 5 a.m.
Police and paramedics attempted life-saving measures, but Nolan was pronounced dead at 5:43 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
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John Doe #299, a male, died Thursday, Dec. 10.
Kassandra Ochoa, a 21-year-old Latina, died Saturday, Nov. 21, after she was struck in the head in the 470 block of South Sydney Drive in East Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Ochoa was seen arguing with her boyfriend, Antonio Medina, about 1 a.m. as they walked into a vacant apartment, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Victor Lewandowski.
Neighbors contacted the owner of the apartment building, who lived nearby. When the apartment owner walked in, she saw Ochoa lying on the floor bleeding from the head and Medina standing nearby, Lewandowski said.
The landlord called 911; Medina allegedly fled.
Ochoa had blunt force trauma to the back of her head, Lewandowski said. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:08 a.m., according to coroner's records. The autopsy is pending.
Family members have started a ...