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Naquia Danielle Catching, 22

Naquia Danielle Catching (2013-09-26)

Naquia Danielle Catching, a 22-year-old black woman, was stabbed to death Thursday, Sept. 26, in the 4800 block of East 118th Place in Hawthorne, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Catching’s mother came home from work and discovered her suffering from stab wounds and unresponsive, said Lt. Eddie Hernandez with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

Catching was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:36 p.m., said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner’s office.

Her mother’s estranged boyfriend, who was living in the apartment and whose name deputies are withholding, is a person of interest in the slaying, Hernandez said.

“We’re actively trying to find him to give his side of the story,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez said Catching’s mother told sheriff’s officials that she had received a strange call from the boyfriend earlier in the day.

He said he would pick up their 9-year-old daughter, something he doesn’t normally do, and made a “strange comment,” Hernandez said. “The specifics of the phone call, we can’t really confirm at this point,” Hernandez said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz and Joseph Serna

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