Rosa Elena Hernandez, 63
Rosa Elena Hernandez, a 63-year-old Latina, died Monday, May 13, after she was beaten in the 3100 block of East 64th Street in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 12:30 p.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon, according to a news release from the department.
Officers discovered Hernandez with “significant injuries” to her upper body and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner’s records show that Hernandez died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Investigators said a man assaulted Hernandez as she walked down the sidewalk. They said he picked up an electric Bird scooter and used it to bludgeon her.
Police identified the attacker as Amad Rashad Redding, a 27-year-old black man, who was arrested on suspicion of murder four hours after the incident, according to the news release.
Redding was found at a local business near Downey Avenue and Artesia Boulevard.
Police said Hernandez and Redding did not know each other.
Bird said in a statement that the company is deeply saddened by the act of violence.
“Our hearts and thoughts go out to the victim and her family,” the company said. “We will work with local law enforcement to help with the investigation into this tragedy."
Hernandez’s neighbors described her to ABC-TV Channel 7 as a babysitter who was dropping off a gift at a relative’s home when she was killed.
More than $11,000 has been raised through a GoFundMe campaign for Hernandez’s family. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (562) 570-7244. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.