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.
The couple’s child was not injured, Mendoza said, and was ...
Tajuana Margaret White, a 30-year-old black woman, was fatally stabbed Thursday, June 22, in the 13000 block of South Doty Avenue, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
At about 12:30 a.m., Hawthorne police responded to a call about a stabbing in the area, according to Lt. James Royer. Upon arriving, officers found White with a stab wound to the upper chest from a 4-inch folding knife, according to an autopsy report.
She was transported to the hospital and was pronounced dead at 1:56 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
At the scene, police arrested Essie Lee Woods, 61, who was later charged with murder, Royer said. He is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 21 for a preliminary hearing.
Natroy Deshawn Brown, a 32-year-old black man, was shot and killed on Monday, Jan. 16, at the corner of West Imperial Highway and Grevillea Avenue in Hawthorne, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
A passerby flagged down Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies about 6:42 p.m., saying there was a man lying in the busy commercial intersection, said Lt. Joe Mendoza.
When the deputies found the man, later identified as Brown, he was unconscious, with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, Mendoza said.
Brown was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:18 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Investigators don’t have any suspect information, but they believe Brown was shot as he was crossing the street less than a half an hour before the passerby alerted deputies, Mendoza said.
“We found a little evidence ...
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 ...
Jacare Demar Smith, a 36-year-old black man, was shot and killed Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the 3800 block of El Segundo Boulevard in Hawthorne, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records
Smith was standing with two other men in front of Young's Liquor Mart at the southwest corner of El Segundo Boulevard and Doty Avenue about 3:21 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza.
Witnesses told investigators that a dark-colored four-door sedan pulled into the parking lot and three black men got out, Mendoza said. The men who got out of the car had a brief argument with one of the three men, then one of the men who got out of the car pulled out a gun and began firing.
Smith was shot multiple times in the upper torso, Mendoza said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:30 ...
David Joseph Macias, a 19-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, Nov. 14, in the 4600 block of Imperial Highway near Eucalyptus Avenue in Hawthorne, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Macias was walking westbound on the sidewalk on Imperial Highway, heading toward his home, when two men approached him about 9 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
Witnesses reported hearing a brief argument, then gunshots, Mendoza said.
Macias was shot several times in the torso, Mendoza said. He ran west to Eucalyptus Avenue then turned south, collapsing in the 11500 block of Eucalyptus, not far from his home.
Neighbors saw him fall and called 911, Mendoza said. Macias was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m.
The assailants, described as Latino adults, were seen running northbound away from the shooting scene ...
Devonte Raye, a 22-year-old black man, was shot and killed Monday, Oct. 24, in the 11900 block of Daleside Avenue in Hawthorne, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Raye, a former football player at Los Angeles Southwest Community College, had been visiting his girlfriend at her home shortly before he was shot, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch.
As Raye was getting into his car about 8:41 p.m., a man with a handgun walked up and began firing, Jauch said, striking him multiple times.
An ambulance took Raye to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:06 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The shooter was described as a black man, Jauch said, but investigators have little information beyond that. “We don’t know for sure if he [the shooter] left on foot or in ...
Raymond Lee Arnold, a 31-year-old black man, was shot and killed Saturday, July 16, in the 12800 block of Crenshaw Boulevard in Hawthorne, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Arnold was inside a barber shop called Updeh Cutz about 4 p.m. when he got into a confrontation with at least two other men in the shop in a strip mall at Crenshaw Boulevard and West El Segundo Boulevard, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina.
During the argument, at least one of the men pulled out a gun and fired at Arnold, Corina said.
More shots were fired as the two men went into the parking lot, and at some point a customer, a 29-year-old black man, was also struck by gunfire, Corina said.
Arnold was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:09 p.m., according to coroner’s records ...
Shaniece Lenyeh Davis, a 27-year-old black woman, was shot and killed Wednesday, July 13, in the 11700 block of Oxford Avenue in Hawthorne, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Davis had been staying at an apartment in Hawthorne where police got frequent calls about loud parties and drug use, said Hawthorne Police Lt. Scott Swain.
“It was basically a crash pad for a bunch of street people,” Swain said. “I guess the tenant had had enough and was trying to get rid of everyone.”
Davis had been staying at the apartment for more than a week, Swain said, and the tenant, John Thomas "JT" McDowell, got into an argument with her when she allegedly refused to leave.
About 2:14 a.m, McDowell allegedly texted his niece, Jennifer Hickman, to come over and help him get people out of the house, Swain said. Hickman allegedly ...
William "Junior" Huluhold-Greathouse Fifita, a 20-year-old man of Tongan descent, was shot and killed Sunday, March 20, near West Rosecrans Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard in Hawthorne, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Fifita and three friends attended a church dance in Torrance that evening and stopped for a meal at Fabulous Charbroiled Burgers at 3301 Rosecrans Ave. before heading home about 2:15 a.m., said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch.
A few blocks away from the burger restaurant, Fifita stopped at Crenshaw Boulevard and was about to make a left turn when another car pulled up on the right side, Jauch said. One or more people inside began shooting.
Fifita and his two male friends in the backseat were struck multiple times, Jauch said. A female in the front passenger seat was uninjured.
The car rolled to a parking lot at the ...