Christine Darlene Calderon, 23
Christine Darlene Calderon, a 23-year-old black woman, was fatally stabbed Tuesday, June 18, in the 1400 block of North Highland Avenue in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
As she walked down Hollywood’s Walk of Fame with a coworker just after 8 p.m., an amusing cardboard sign caught her eye. She pulled out her cellphone to snap a picture of men displaying signs asking for money with four-letter insults and a smiley face.
Moments later, according to law enforcement sources, one of the men demanded that she pay $1 for the photos. When she refused, police said, two of the men pinned Calderon’s coworker against a wall and a third man jumped on top of her, knocking her to the pavement.
When she got up to run away, blood was gushing from a stab wound in her midsection. She was taken to a hospital, where she died at 11:42 p.m., said Ed Winter, spokesman for the coroner’s office.
Police said they were interviewing witnesses and had yet to determine a motive for the slaying. Police arrested Dustin Kinnear, 27, Jason Wolstone, 33, and Brian Widdows, 34, in connection with the stabbing, according to an L.A. Police Department news release.
Kinnear was charged June 20 with one count of murder with the personal use of a knife, according to the L.A. County district attorney's office.
Wolstone was charged with one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and two counts of accessory after the fact. Widdows was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact.
-- Andrew Blankstein and Marisa Gerber