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Aniy Cinoglu, 52

Aniy Cinoglu, a 52-year-old white woman, died Friday, May 4, after being stabbed in the 12800 block of Stardell Street in Whittier. 

Cinoglu lived in Montebello but was a caretaker for a woman who lived in Whittier with her adult son, according to John Scoggins, a spokesman for the Whittier Police Department. 

Someone inside the house called police at 12:12 p.m. to report that Cinoglu and the son, Alan Gozukara, 21, were arguing outside, Scoggins said.

When officers arrived, they found Cinoglu in the backyard with “multiple traumatic injuries,” Scoggins wrote in an email. 

Cinoglu was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:47 p.m., according to coroner’s records. 

Investigators immediately arrested Gozukara on suspicion of murder, according to Scoggins. 

Gozukara, a white man, was charged with murder on May 8, with the special allegation that he used “a deadly and dangerous weapon, to wit, a meat cleaver,” said Sarah Ardalani, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.  

His arraignment was rescheduled five times, according to court records, until May 15, when the defense attorney “declared doubt as to the mental competency of the defendant,” Ardalani said.

Gozukara’s next court date is June 26 for a status hearing, Ardalani said. 

Anyone with information can call Scoggins at the Whittier Police Department at (562) 244-0045. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

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