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Eun Kang, 38

Eun Kang, a 38-year-old Korean woman, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, after she was raped and stabbed in the 1600 block of Electric Avenue in Venice, authorities said. 

At the time of her death Kang was four months pregnant with twins. One was a boy, the gender of the other was not listed in coroner's records. Kang was pronounced dead at 11:15 p.m., and the unborn child listed as a boy was pronounced dead three minutes later.

Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said the second unborn child was discovered by coroner's examiners the next day so the time of death is listed as 3:10 p.m. Dec 9.

-- Anthony Pesce

Photo: A memorial with incense and fresh flowers sits outside the home of Eun Kang. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times

The following is an excerpt from L.A. Now coverage of the killings: Suspect charged in rape, slaying of pregnant Venice woman spent time at state mental facility

Boneetio Kentro Washington, of Culver City, who is accused of raping and fatally stabbing a Venice woman who was two months pregnant with twins, spent time at a state mental facility earlier this year, according to law enforcement sources.

LAPD detectives said they are trying to determine whether he is connected to other crimes in the area.

Washington has been arrested and charged with capital murder.

Police said they believe the attack was random and that Kang didn’t know Washington. Santiago Ortiz, 62, who lived in the same apartment complex as Kang, said he did not see her very often because “she worked all the time.”

He said that when she ran into him, she always said hello with a smile. Ortiz said Kang moved in several years ago and lived in the apartment by herself.

“She was quiet and friendly,” he said. “I felt very sad that something so disturbing happened to her. It’s terrible.”

-- Andrew Blankstein and My-Thuan Tran in Los Angeles, Robert Faturechi and Robert J. Lopez in Venice

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