Coroner identifies one of the Debs Park victims; homicide investigation continues

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EL SERENO — The county coroner this afternoon identified one of the two women found dead in the southern edge of Debs Park as 19-year-old Gabriela Calzada.

The cause of death has yet to be determined, and police have continued to restrict the public release of information on the second victim, said R. Hays with the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.  LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith told the L.A. Times that the second victim was a 17 years old but was awaiting conformation.

The bodies were discovered on Wednesday at about 2:20 p.m. near Mercury Avenue and Boundary Street in the southern edge of the park by a woman who was walking her dog.

Police have said they are treating the case as a homicide investigation but have not made a final determination. “We are treating it as such,”  Sgt. Rick Colombia with the Hollenbeck Division told The Eastsider on Wednesday.

In an interview this morning, Jose Ramirez, who supervises homicide detectives at the Hollenbeck Division, would not say whether the victims had any visible injuries. However, he said the deaths do not appear to be connected to any other recent crimes in the park. “It does not appear to be related to any other incidents in the park,” he said.

One community activist was told by investigators that the women were not shot, stabbed or sexually assaulted. However, they were beaten beyond recognition.

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