Eun Kang, a 38-year-old Korean woman, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, after she was raped and stabbed in the 1600 block of Electric Avenue in Venice, authorities said.
At the time of her death Kang was pregnant with twins. One was a boy, the other's gender was not listed in coroner's records. Kang was pronounced dead at 11:15 p.m., and the unborn child listed as a boy was pronounced dead three minutes later.
Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said the second unborn child was discovered by coroner's examiners the next day so the time of death is listed as 3:10 p.m. Dec 9.
-- Anthony Pesce
The following is an excerpt from L.A. Now coverage of the killings: Suspect charged in rape, slaying of pregnant Venice woman spent time at state mental facility
Boneetio Kentro Washington, of Culver City, who is accused of raping and fatally stabbing a Venice woman who was four and half months pregnant with twins, spent time at a state mental facility earlier this year, according to law enforcement sources.
[A previous version of this post incorrectly said Kang was two months pregnant at the time of her death.]
LAPD detectives said they are trying to determine whether he is connected to other crimes in the area.
Washington has been arrested and charged with capital murder.
Police said they believe the attack was random and that Kang didn’t know Washington. Santiago Ortiz, 62, who lived in the same apartment complex as Kang, said he did not see her very often because “she worked all the time.”
He said that when she ran into him, she always said hello with a smile. Ortiz said Kang moved in several years ago and lived in the apartment by herself.
“She was quiet and friendly,” he said. “I felt very sad that something so disturbing happened to her. It’s terrible.”
-- Andrew Blankstein and My-Thuan Tran in Los Angeles, Robert Faturechi and Robert J. Lopez in Venice
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Photo: A memorial with incense and fresh flowers sits outside the home of Eun Kang. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times
Map: The location where Eun Kang was attacked. Click for the Venice Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.