Vincent Coleman Roper, a 64-year-old black man, died Friday, Aug. 25, after he was stabbed in the 37600 block of Patty Court in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were called to Roper’s home at 8 a.m. after someone reported that his front door was open, Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
There were signs of a struggle and blood inside the house, Mendoza said, and Roper was found lying on the floor.
Roper was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:50 a.m., according to coroner’s records. He had been stabbed in the head, records showed.
Investigators don’t have any information about suspects or a motive for the slaying. There was no evidence of a forced entry. Roper lived alone and it’s unclear whether anything was taken, authorities said.
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Baby Acosta, a 15-week-old fetus, died Sunday, Aug. 6, after its mother was shot in the 1200 block of West Victoria Avenue in Montebello, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Montebello police found the mother, Roxann Felicia Acosta, a 28-year-old Latina, suffering from a gunshot wound at a residence about 10 p.m., according to Sgt. Marc Marty. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:22 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Detectives thought Acosta was killed by her husband, Christopher Michael Diaz, 26. The two were estranged, Marty said, but had spent the day together before ending up at Diaz’s mother’s house in Montebello.
Acosta and Diaz had an argument, and witnesses heard gunshots, Marty said. Diaz’s mother was in the house but in another room; other people also were in the home.
Diaz fled, and no weapons were found at the ...
Mario Rupert Melbourne Jr., a 30-year-old black man, died Monday, July 24, after he was struck by a car at the intersection of East Cypress Street and South Crane Avenue in Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Melbourne had been standing outside with a big group of people about 10:55 p.m., when a man pulled up in a grey BMW sedan, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The man, identified as Frankie Mazen III, a 44-year-old black man, got out and began arguing with Melbourne, Mendoza said.
Melbourne's father told KTLA 5 news that Mazen was an acquaintance of Melbourne's who had been accused of stealing money from him in the past. Because of that, the father said, Melbourne asked him to leave.
The argument escalated to a fistfight, Mendoza said. The driver got back in ...
Richard Anthony Melgar, a 37-year-old white man, was killed Monday, July 24, in the 12200 block of Horley Avenue in Downey, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
At about 5:30 p.m., Downey police responded to call from a woman who found her boyfriend dead in her backyard, according to a news release. Within minutes, officers arrived at a residential property with a front and back house. In the backyard between the houses, Melgar was found with multiple stab and gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at 5:49 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
In a subsequent investigation, detectives discovered that the girlfriend’s sister lived in the back house with her own boyfriend, the release said. Robert Joseph Benitez Jr., 31. Based on evidence at the scene, police said they believe Benitez was responsible for the killing.
Benitez was arrested later ...
Genaro Antonio Pastore, a 64-year-old Latino, died Friday, March 10, after being beaten in the 3600 block of West 106th Street in Inglewood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Inglewood police responded at 12:45 p.m. to a call about a fight at a house, according to coroner’s records. They found Pastore bleeding from his face and unresponsive. His wife, Maria Urriola De Pastore, also was seriously wounded.
The Pastores were taken to a hospital, where Genaro Pastore was pronounced dead at 1:18 p.m., according to coroner’s records. Maria Pastore, 69, fell into a coma and died March 27, records show.
Detectives said the couple was attacked by their daughter’s ex-boyfriend, Edward Fernando Ruiz, 33. On the day of Genaro Pastore’s death, Ruiz went to his ex-girlfriend’s house and attacked her, then fled before police arrived. While the woman was transported to ...
Ezekiel Messiah Dozier, a 5-month-old black baby, died March 9, 2017, after suffering head trauma and having been shaken in the 400 block of Madison Avenue in Pomona, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Pomona police responded about 7 p.m. March 5 to a house where Dozier’s grandmother had called 911, saying the baby was unresponsive. Police found the boy was barely breathing on his own, Sgt. Brian Hagerty said.
Paramedics transported Ezekiel to a hospital, where doctors determined he was suffering from shaken baby syndrome as well as head trauma. The boy died four days later, at 12:27 p.m. March 9, according to coroner’s records. Ezekiel had a twin sister, who was not harmed, Hagerty said.
Detectives discovered the twins had been left in the care of their father, Brandon Dozier, while their mother was on vacation, Hagerty said.
Investigators interviewed Dozier several days ...
Rony Xovany Hernandez, a 33-year-old Latino, died from blunt force injuries and strangulation Wednesday, March 1, in the 400 block of East 41st Place in Historic South-Central, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 6 a.m., a passerby at Gilbert Lindsay Park found Hernandez unresponsive, Los Angeles Police Det. Dan Gersna said.
Hernandez was pronounced dead at 6:45 a.m. at the scene, according to coroner’s records.
Police think Hernandez got into an argument with another person earlier that morning, around 4 or 4:15 a.m.
Gersna said Hernandez and his assailant were not strangers.
Luciano Aparicio, a 28-year-old Latino, was charged March 3 with one count of murder with an allegation that he used an ax as a deadly weapon, according to Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Aparicio pleaded not guilty April 3 and is ...
Constance Barnes, a 92-year-old white woman, died of blunt force trauma Friday, Dec. 16, in the 13200 block of Jefferson Avenue in Hawthorne, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Barnes and her son, Kenneth Barnes, a 69-year-old white man, were both found dead inside their home about 12:05 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch.
The county Fire Department was called about noon when a passerby saw smoke coming from the house, Jauch said.
Firefighters found Barnes in the living room with blunt force trauma to her head and chest, Jauch said.
The living room was on fire, Jauch said. Paramedics tried to revive Barnes, but she was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:23 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
A short time later, firefighters found Kenneth Barnes’s body in the bathroom. He was pronounced ...