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Little Armenia shooting death probed for link to unsolved 2008 double homicide

March 28, 2010 | 12:21 pm

Authorities continued Sunday to investigate the Little Armenia shooting death of a 38-year-old woman whose murder is believed to be connected to an unsolved 2008 double homicide.

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 CRV, Los Angeles police said.

Homicide detectives determined that Hakobyan was a relative of Khachik Safaryan, 43, and his 8-year-old daughter Lusine, who were found shot to death Dec. 11, 2008, inside their home in the 1200 block of Tamarind Avenue. No one has been charged with their murders. Hakobyan’s vehicle was found about two blocks away from Safaryan’s home.

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.

-- Corina Knoll