Mimi Dola, 29
Mimi Dola, a 29-year-old Asian woman, was pronounced dead on Tuesday, Oct. 2, after she was stabbed and strangled in the 20700 block of Anza Avenue in Torrance, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Family members from the East Coast called the Torrance Police Department asking officers to check on Dola's welfare, said Sgt. Ronald Harris.
When officers arrived at her apartment, they found Dola and her male roommate, Tuan Kim Bui, a 46-year-old Asian, unresponsive inside the apartment, Harris said.
The two were pronounced dead at 1:33 p.m., according to coroner's records. Bui's death was ruled a suicide by a single gunshot to the head, according to coroner's records.
Dola's death was ruled a homicide, caused by stab wounds to the chest and manual strangulation, according to coroner's records.
Investigators believe Dola and Bui had a "dating relationship," and both their names were on the lease for the apartment, Harris said, but a motive isn't known for the killing or the suicide.
Anyone with information is asked to call Torrance's Special Operations Bureau at (310) 328-3456. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.