Fatima Johnson, a mother of six, was found killed in her South Los Angeles home, and police are currently investigating who the person responsible is.
Johnson was reported missing after she did not show up at the nursing home where she worked on Sunday morning.
Her daughters became worried and went to her apartment in Manchester Square, where they found Johnson dead, wrapped in a blanket, with her hands tied behind her back and her mouth gagged.
The 53-year-old woman was reportedly well-known and beloved in her neighborhood, and friends and family described her as kind and generous.
“What happened to my mother is something that no child should ever see of their parent,” Johnson’s daughter, Tyesa Harvey, said. “I’m hurt, I’m angry, and I’m questioning God right now.”
Los Angeles Police have not publicly identified a suspect. However, the woman’s family suspects it may be her boyfriend, who was recently released from prison, where he served time for murder.
Neighbors said they saw a man running away from the crime scene.
According to a KLTA report, Johnson’s car, a silver Lexus, jewelry, and cellphone were also taken.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore told ABC7 earlier this year that he was still “hopeful” about addressing violent crime running rampant in the city since the early beginning of this year.
“I’m hopeful with the efforts of adding resources to our gang interventionists,” he said, “and beginning to see some of our social institutions open back up that we’re going to be able to use much of the model that we’ve seen in the past work.”
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The city’s focus on working with the mayor’s office to implement nearly 40 community intervention workers to help reduce violence.
LAPD officials said they are following all leads in regards to Johnson’s death.
A GoFundMe fundraising account has been set up with the message that said, “This go fund me is set up for those who want to help contribute to my mom’s service. A lot of people have been reaching out to us, letting us know they want to help us. Thank you so much for all the love and prayers !”
The website has reached almost $14,000 of its $20,000 goal.