Saturday, October 22, 2016

Debs Park victim died from multiple injuries

A flowered-covered cross placed near the spot where the two women were found

EL SERENO — The county coroner has determined that Gabriela Calzada, one of the two women found dead in Debs Park last week, died from multiple injuries as police met with concerned residents tonight nearly a week after the double killing.

NBC 4 reported that the 19-year-old woman also suffered a gunshot wound to the head. But an official with the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner tonight would only say that Calzada had died from multiple injuries. He would not provide further information.

The coroner’s results were reported a few hours before police and neighborhood officials held a meeting in Highland Park to discuss the killings of Calzada and a woman identified by family and friends as 17-year-old Briana Gallegos. A woman walking her dog discovered the bodies at about 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 in the southern edge of Debs Park off of Boundary Avenue in the Rose Hills section of El Sereno.

During tonight’s meeting, Capt. Martin A. Baeza of the LAPD Hollenbeck Division told a room full of residents that police were still looking for clues as to what prompted the killings, which have triggered fear and anxiety among many residents. “This is something that has unnerved us as a community,” Baeza said at Ramona Hall.

Baeza said detectives are looking at all possibilities. That includes a possible connection to last year’s search for a man who was suspected of assaulting and exposing himself to at least three women. The suspect was never found.

“We are not taking anything off the table at this time,” Baeza said.

Capt. Martin A. Baeza updates audience on Debs Park killings | Martha Benedict

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