Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz
Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz. Photo by MyNewsLA.com

Has the homeless crisis in Los Angeles been reduced to outraged neighbors demanding the city crack down after a Beverly Grove resident was stabbed to death in his backyard by a homeless trespasser?

The neighbors of a man they claim was stabbed to death by the homeless trespasser staged a vigil outside the victim’s Beverly Grove home Saturday afternoon and marched to the home of their city councilman to demand action against a nearby homeless encampment.

“There was a horrific tragedy that happened this last Monday — a 31-year-old young man full of life was brutally stabbed to death by (a) homeless person in his backyard,” said neighbor Mike Ebby. “There is a huge homeless encampment on the corner of Wilshire (Boulevard) and San Vicente (Avenue) that has contributed to a lot of crime in the neighborhood.”

The 31-year-old victim was identified by the coroner’s office as Gabriel Donnay.

Neighbors planned to march to the home of Councilman Paul Koretz to protest what they claim is a lack of action to help the neighborhood.

Prior to their arrival at Koretz’s home, the councilman issued a statement to City News Service, saying, “We are continually collaborating with all relevant agencies to bring safety and order into a shaken community that has been devastated by the tragic murder of an innocent neighbor, Gabriel Donnay, with a focus on very aggressively working to bring homeless residents of the nearby encampment into housing and off the sidewalk that they are blocking.”

The stabbing at Donnay’s home, in the 6600 block of Maryland Drive, was reported at 4:35 p.m. Monday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors told Fox11 a belligerent homeless man had been jumping fences of homes in the area and was confronted by Donnay.

According to Los Angeles police, the suspect had jumped a wall and tried to hide in a guest house.

“A perimeter was established, and while officers were conducting a search, they located an additional male inside a nearby property,” the LAPD said in a statement. “That male was also pronounced dead at scene, from an apparent self- inflicted stab wound. The investigation has confirmed him to be the suspect in the original stabbing.”

AB7 reported that police threw pepper-spray grenades through the windows of the guest house after negotiations failed and found the suspect dead inside.

The coroner’s office identified the suspect as Enoch Conners, 33, and reported that he was pronounced dead in the 5500 block of West Fifth Street, about a block from the crime scene. Despite claims by neighbors that he was a transient, the coroner’s office identified Conners as a Los Angeles resident.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide office at 213-382-9470.

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