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Relatives and police on Tuesday urged witnesses to come forward to solve the killing of a woman who was stabbed during a robbery on a busy sidewalk in the North University Park area.

Maria Elena Rivas, 62, of Los Angeles, was attacked about 6:30 p.m. Monday at Adams Boulevard and Catalina Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

After Rivas was pronounced dead at a hospital, detectives learned that she had been seen carrying a large purse and wallet when purchasing items at a nearby grocery store in the heavily traveled area. The purse and wallet have not been found.

“Why can’t the criminals (have) just taken the money?” Rivas’ nephew, Enrique Contreras, asked. “Why did they have to take her life.”

South Bureau Criminal Gang homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in tracking down whoever is responsible for the crime. Anyone with information was asked to call them at (213) 485-4341.

“If I had the power and ability, this is one case that I would mobilize the entire city to march against and protest this senseless killing of an innocent victim,” LAPD Capt. Peter Whittingham said

City News Service

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