Dozens of people attended a vigil Monday evening to honor the memory of a slain 53-year-old woman found dead in her apartment in South Los Angeles.
Fatima Johnson was found by her daughters about 12:05 a.m. Sunday after she didn’t show up for work and didn’t respond to text messages.
The daughters obtained a key from a relative to enter the apartment in the 7600 block of South Western Avenue and found Johnson unconscious and not breathing. Arriving paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene, Los Angeles police reported.
Family members told reporters Johnson’s hands were bound and she was wrapped in a blanket.
“What happened to my mother, no child should ever see of their parent,” Johnson’s daughter Tyesa Harvey said at a news conference following the vigil. “I’m hurt. I’m angry and I’m questioning God right now.”
Family members told reporters at the vigil that Johnson’s killer also stole her silver Lexus, jewelry and cellphone. The Lexus’ license plate was not immediately available. Police told City News Service they could not confirm the thefts.
KTLA 5 reported that family members suspect her boyfriend was the killer and said he had just been released from prison after serving a term for murder.
Police said no suspects have been identified.
The cause of death is still pending, the coroner’s office reported.