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A woman who was fatally stabbed at a Harbor City motel being used as transitional housing for the homeless was identified Thursday, and the investigation was continuing into her death.

Julee Casanova, 59, of Harbor City, died at the scene of the crime, which occurred about 3:20 a.m. Wednesday at a motel in the 800 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies went to the location on a domestic violence call, the sheriff’s department reported.

“They arrived and located the victim … suffering from stab wounds to the upper torso,” a sheriff’s department statement said. “A male … approximately 60 years old, who is believed to be the suspect was detained by deputies.”

Authorities have not released the man’s name or information on his relationship with the woman.

The motel is one of many utilized in recent years as transitional housing for the homeless under the state’s Project Homekey.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Tipsters may also use the website lacrimestoppers.org.

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