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Hollywood killer slashed woman's throat, shot her in head, coroner says

April 1, 2010 | 12:41 pm

A woman found slain at a Hollywood carport -- one of three family members killed under mysterious circumstances -- was shot in the head and slashed in the throat with a knife, according to the L.A. County Coroner's Office.

The new details come as the Los Angeles Police Department continues to investigate the killings.

Detectives on the case are looking into the possibility that the crimes might be connected to a personal relationship involving the father of the family, a law enforcement source told The Times.

Police have said they have no evidence that the victims were linked to any criminal activities either in L.A. or in Armenia, where they emigrated from in 2003. Authorities said they have several theories in the case but have declined to provide details.

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said one angle detectives are pursuing involved a "personal relationship" that soured involving Khachik Safaryan.

He was found shot to death along with his 9-year-old daughter at the family's apartment in 2008. They were discovered by his other daughter, who was 12 at the time. Then 18 months later, on Friday night, the girl discovered her mother -- Karine Hakobyan, 38 -- shot to death in her car outside an apartment a few blocks away.

"We just want them to find the people who did this so they can finally get their punishment," the girl told The Times in an interview this week.

-- Anthony Pesce and Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Crime scene in Friday's shooting. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times

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