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LAPD probes Little Armenia killings, looking at possible family connection

March 29, 2010 |  7:33 am

Blood stains the ground of a carport, where a woman was found dead just a few feet form her home. In December 2008, a 15-year-old girl arrived home from school to discover her father and 8-year-old sister fatally shot inside the family's Hollywood apartment.

Los Angeles police detectives labeled it a double homicide -- but the case remained unsolved.

Then, on Friday, a 38-year-old woman was found shot to death about two blocks from the apartment. Detectives said the woman is related to the family linked to the double homicide. They are investigating whether there is a connection.

Officers responding to a call in the 5800 block of Lexington Avenue about 8:20 p.m. Friday discovered Karine Hakobyan’s body in the driver’s seat of her Honda CR-V, Los Angeles police said.

The original double homicide shocked the neighborhood of low-rise apartment complexes in the eastern part of Hollywood, known as Little Armenia. All three shooting victims were Armenian. Khachik Safaryan, 43, and his 8-year-old daughter, Lusine, were found shot to death Dec. 11, 2008, in the 1200 block of Tamarind Avenue.

Investigators believe the father and daughter were killed between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. -- after the 15-year-old went to school.

The family vehicle was found a few blocks from the home, officials said, and there was no indication of forced entry into the car. Police said they did not know who moved the car.

Robbery-homicide detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department are investigating the case. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call (877) LAPD-24-7. Anonymous tipsters may call (800) 222-8477.

-- Shelby Grad and Corina Knoll

Photo: The carport where Karine Hakobyan’s body was found. Credit: KTLA