Steven Westbrook, a 26-year-old white man, died on Tuesday, Aug. 15, after he was beaten and stabbed in the 25600 block of Cypress Street in Lomita, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Westbrook went to visit a friend who lived near his Lomita home the evening of Aug. 13, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
Investigators believe Westbrook and his friend, James Matthew Sias, 33, got into an argument and that Sias began assaulting Westbrook around 8:40 p.m., Mendoza said.
Westbrook was taken to the hospital with head trauma and stab wounds, Mendoza said. He was pronounced dead two days later at 4:15 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as blunt head trauma and a stab wound to the neck.
The Daily Breeze reported that Westbrook was a former Narbonne High School student who worked at All Access Staging and Productions in …
Raven Joy Campbell, a 37-year-old black woman, was found dead behind a closet wall on Thursday, July 2, in the 26800 block of Western Avenue in unincorporated Lomita, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators.
Campbell was reported missing by family members in July 2009. She was last seen in the Harbor Hills Housing Project where she lived, according to Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch.
Campbell’s sister, Malaikah Manasseh, told The Times she suspected foul play because her sister left her purse behind when she disappeared, something she never would have done. Campbell was a sweet person, her sister said, and could have been taken advantage of because of her mental disability.
The family received a tip in late June of this year that Campbell’s body was in a downstairs apartment of the housing project in the wall of the closet behind the stairs, according to her cousin, Linda Campbellhumphrey. …
Roderick Deshawne Powell, a 31-year-old black man, was fatally stabbed Saturday, Dec. 6, in the 26000 block of South Western Avenue in Lomita, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 12:30 a.m., Powell was found bleeding on the sidewalk in the Harbor Hills Housing Project. Powell had been hanging out with a group for most of the day and got into an altercation with a 28-year-old woman.
The woman said Powell charged at her and punched her, so she pulled out a small pocket knife and stabbed him, according to authorities. The woman told authorities that she was afraid for her safety.
The L.A. County district attorney's office did not file charges against the woman, citing a lack of sufficient evidence.
Powell was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:01 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
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Gabriel Dominguez, a 2-year-old Latino boy, died Thursday, March 3, in the 26000 block of South Western Avenue in Lomita, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
The boy was discovered dead inside an apartment at a Harbor Hills housing development Thursday afternoon. Homicide detectives were called because of potential signs of abuse.
As detectives investigated Gabriel's death, his mother's boyfriend was arrested on a parole violation, officials said.
Sheriff's homicide detectives took Daniel Vega, a 25-year-old Latino, into custody about 11:20 p.m. He is being held without bail.
Vega was living in the home at the time of the Gabriel's death, sheriff's officials said in a statement.
Two other children living in the home, a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old, were taken into protective custody by the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services.
Ed Winter, spokesman for the coroner's office, said Monday that Gabriel died of blunt abdominal …