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$50,000 reward to be offered in slaying of L.A. chiropractor

June 21, 2012 |  6:32 am

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department and Councilman Paul Koretz will hold a news conference Thursday morning to announce a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who beat to death a popular Palms chiropractor.

Robert Rainey, 54, was discovered on the floor of the lobby of his office early in the morning on May 31 by his first patient of the day. His head had been bludgeoned. Homicide detectives surmised that Rainey's killer may have stalked him as he walked up to his office on the second floor of the small retail complex on Venice Boulevard in Palms and surprised him from behind. They suspect robbery was the motive.

LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh said the press conference to announce the reward would be held at 7 a.m. at Rainey’s office.

"He had a kind heart," said his brother Jim Rainey, a staff writer at The Times. "He wanted to believe the best about the world and the people around him."

Rainey enjoyed extreme endurance running, his voice boomed and his appetite, among friends, was legendary, friends and family told The Times.

But there was also a gentle side to the 54-year-old chiropractor. He would slip money to the homeless who lived on the streets around his chiropractic practice, or hire them for odd jobs. Patients who couldn't afford to pay still got treatment. His young nieces and nephews knew to scan the audience at recitals and games for their uncle's big, unabashed smile.

Rainey was raised in Santa Monica, one of three children of Ford Rainey, a well-known character actor in television and films. After attending Humboldt State University, Rainey returned to L.A. and opened a chiropractic practice. He felt strongly about his work, his family said, and had a loyal following of patients for 15 years.


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