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Whitney Jade Washuta, 25

Whitney Jade Washuta, a 25-year-old white woman, was shot and killed on Tuesday, April 18, in the 8700 block of Rosewood Avenue in West Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Washuta was walking near her home around 8:40 p.m. when she was shot by a man who then fled, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore. 

Washuta collapsed on the sidewalk, where she was pronounced dead at 8:55 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds. 

Family and friends told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that Washuta and her sister had moved to West Hollywood from the East Coast five years earlier. They said she had been walking her dog moments before she was shot. 

An obituary in The Buffalo News listed her as a resident of Youngstown, N.Y., about 30 miles north of Buffalo, where she was born. She was the granddaughter of the late businessman and philanthropist Steve Washuta, who founded the Modern Corporations in Lewiston, N.Y. 

Police said Washuta’s former boyfriend, Kyle Patrick Ramsey, a 27-year-old white man from Pacific Palisades, was the gunman. He was found in his car in the 100 block of Croft Avenue, about a mile away from the shooting scene, Moore said, He had shot himself in the head, according to coroner's records.

Washuta and Ramsey dated about three years, according to Moore. Washuta broke off the relationship a few weeks before the shooting, but Ramsey "continued to contact the victim against her will," according to a statement from investigators. 

One neighbor recalled a heated argument when Ramsey tried to bring her flowers and gifts a couple of weeks before the shooting, and Washuta slammed the gate on him, KTLA reported. 

Her landlord, Steve Bouzaglo, described Washuta as a beautiful young girl who never did harm to anyone. “It’s very sad that it got to this point,” Bouzaglo said. “I don’t know what the relationship was between them. He looked like a nice guy.”

An obituary in The Buffalo News asked that contributions be made in Washuta's memory to the Whitney J. Washuta Lyme Foundation, a fund created for the awareness and research of Lyme Disease, at P.O. Box 56, Model City, NY 14107.

Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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