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Ila Ali Packman, 39

Ila Ali Packman (2010-06-24)

Ila Packman, a 39-year-old white man, was stabbed to death Thursday, June 24, in the 1600 block of North El Centro Avenue in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

At about 9 p.m., the owner of the Hollywood Holistic II, a medical marijuana dispensary, walked into the store to find the body of his employee, Ila Packman. He had suffered stab wounds, police sources said. Preliminary records provided by the coroner's office confirm he was stabbed to death.

No drugs or money appeared to have been taken in the attack, police sources said, leaving detectives to speculate that the killer or killers may have intended to rob the facility but panicked and fled after the killing, or perhaps had plotted to kill Packman for some unrelated matter. It is not known how many suspects were involved in the incident.

Additionally, the dispensary's surveillance tape was removed, the sources said.

In a brief interview as he entered Hollywood Holistic II, Billy Bones said he is the owner of the dispensary. (City records list the owner as William Colvin.) Open for two years, it had never been the target of any crimes or violence before Thursday, he said.

Bones said Packman "was a good guy. He didn't deserve this. He was really good with people. I'm pretty sure he would have given them anything they wanted."

-- Joel Rubin, Paloma Esquivel and John Hoeffel

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