Miranda Lauren Walton, a 26-year-old Latina, was shot and killed Sunday, Sept. 10, in the 5900 block of Pepperwood Avenue in Lakewood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Residents called 911 at 3:27 p.m. to report that a woman was screaming for the police, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred said.
When deputies arrived, they found Walton and her husband, Austin Wesley McQuade, inside the residence, both with gunshot wounds to the head, Alfred said. The woman screaming for help was Walton’s mother, who lived with the couple and had been away during the day, he said.
Both Walton and McQuade, a 27-year-old white man, were pronounced dead at the scene at 3:52 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Walton’s death was ruled a homicide, according to coroner’s records.
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Katy Ann Nosic, a 27-year-old white woman, was shot and killed Monday, Sept. 4, in the 17600 block of Castleton Street in the City of Industry, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Nosic had just finished her shift at the Golden Corral restaurant, 17635 Castleton St., where she had started working three weeks earlier as a baker in training, according to a statement from the restaurant.
About 10:23 p.m., Nosic walked outside to a waiting car when another vehicle drove up and a person got out with a gun, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said. The person shot Nosic multiple times in the torso and then got back in the car and drove away in a light-colored van or SUV, Mendoza said.
Nosic, a resident of La Puente, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:45 p.m., according to coroner’s records ...
Jennifer Ball, a 36-year-old white woman, was found beaten to death Tuesday, Sept. 5, under the South Figueroa Street overpass, south of West Griffith Street in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
A person walking early that morning saw Ball lying on the Dominguez Channel Bike Path, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
The pedestrian called 911, and paramedics pronounced Ball dead at the scene at 7:14 a.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma to the head.
Investigators think Ball was homeless and was living along the channel, Mendoza said. No weapon was found, and authorities have no motive for the killing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
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Monica Nicole Ruiz, a 31-year-old Latina, was shot and killed Thursday, Aug. 31, in the 300 block of West D Street in Wilmington, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
A vehicle described as a gray or silver sedan drove by a two-story apartment complex about 8:50 p.m., and a person inside the vehicle opened fire at a group of people standing out front, Los Angeles Police Officer Jeffrey Tiffin said.
A female relative of Ruiz’s was shot in the shoulder, Tiffin said.
The vehicle, which was traveling south on Island Avenue, then turned around, and within minutes, a person shot at the group again, Tiffin said.
Ruiz, who was helping her relative, was struck by gunfire. Both of the women were taken to a hospital.
Ruiz was pronounced dead at 9:35 p.m. The other woman is expected to survive her injuries.
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Imani Angelique Swaffi, a 32-year-old black woman, was stabbed to death Saturday, Aug. 26, in the 3600 block of West 132nd Street in Hawthorne, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Swaffi lived with her boyfriend, Ilami Kari Igoni, their 1-year-old child and Swaffi’s sister, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
The sister came home at 10:06 p.m. and found Swaffi unconscious and bleeding from multiple stab wounds, Mendoza said.
Igoni pushed the woman outside, where she called 911. When deputies arrived, they found Igoni in the bedroom with a large knife protruding from his chest, Mendoza said.
Swaffi was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 10:44 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Igoni’s stabbing was ruled a suicide by the coroner’s office.
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Melissa Bryana Gutierrez, a 24-year-old Latina, was shot and killed Saturday, Aug. 12, in the 400 block of South Witmer Street in Westlake, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Gutierrez was found at 10:49 p.m. in the driver’s seat of a gray Nissan sedan that had struck a power pole, Los Angeles Police Det. John Melendez said.
It appears that Gutierrez was shot while driving, and she crashed, Melendez said. Two other people who were in the car were injured in the wreck but are expected to survive.
Gutierrez was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:15 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Anyone with information is asked to call Rampart detectives at (213) 484-3650. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Hye Soon Oh, a 67-year-old Asian woman, was fatally shot Tuesday, Aug. 8, in the 2900 block of Montrose Avenue in Glendale, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Glendale police responded about 8:30 p.m. after a report of gunfire in the area, according to Sgt. Robert William, a department spokesman. Officers found Oh on the ground near a vehicle in an open carport area of an apartment complex.
She had a single gunshot wound, according to William. Oh was transported to the hospital where she died at 9:40 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Investigators believe it was not a random shooting and that Oh was possibly targeted for a robbery as she was returning home from her business, William said.
“Because the crime happened somewhat in a confined area, away from public view, we don’t believe this was a random act ...
Roxann Acosta, a 28-year-old Latina, was fatally shot Sunday, Aug. 6, in the 1200 block of West Victoria Avenue in Montebello, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Montebello police responded about 10 p.m. to a call about shots fired in the area, according to Sgt. Marc Marty. Officers found Acosta at a residence with a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:22 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Detectives think Acosta was killed by her husband, Christopher Michael Diaz, 26, according to Marty. Acosta and Diaz were estranged but had spent the day together before ending up at Diaz’s mother’s house in Montebello, Marty said.
The two 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, Marty said.
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Brenda Abrica, a 19-year-old Latina, was shot and killed Saturday, Aug. 5, in the 4000 block of West 105th Street in Inglewood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Abrica was standing next to a vehicle in the residential area, talking to two Latino friends who were members of a local gang, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
A dark-colored SUV drove up at 1:38 a.m., Mendoza said, and someone inside the car started shooting at the three friends.
Abrica was struck in the chest and collapsed on the sidewalk. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:48 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
One of her friends was struck in the arm with gunfire and taken to a hospital, where he was treated for injuries that were deemed to be not life-threatening, Mendoza said. The third friend ...
Alice Pritchard, a 93-year-old white woman, was fatally stabbed on Monday, July 24, in the 3100 block of East Artesia Boulevard in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Long Beach police responded to a call about 3:15 p.m. about a stabbing at an assisted living facility, according to a news release. They discovered a woman with a stab wound to her chest. Pritchard was pronounced dead at 3:47 p.m., according to coroner's records.
Officers arrested Linda Womack, Pritchard’s roommate, at the scene. The motive for the stabbing is unknown.
Womack, 65, was booked on suspicion of murder and is scheduled to go to court Aug. 16 for an arraignment hearing.
Anyone with information can call Long Beach police at (562) 570-7244. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
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