CITY HALL - City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) announced a $50,000 reward motion to help generate leads in a fatal shooting case out of East Hollywood.
The announcement was made during a news conference at City Hall that included detectives with the LAPD and the family of 47-year-old Aniya Parker, a transgender woman who was shot and killed last week on Melrose Ave near Kenmore and the 101 Freeway.
“Transgender people are some of the most marginalized and discriminated against individuals in our society,” said O’Farrell. “Aniya has family that loves and cares for her. This is why I am working with the Los Angeles Police Department to bring the person or persons responsible for her death to justice.”
Parker’s sister, Adrian, spoke to reporters at the news conference and tearfully urged anyone with information to come forward to help the family have some closure.
“We just want to know why,” said Parker. “We didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye, we didn’t get a chance to give him one last hug.”
Karina Samala, a transgender woman who serves as a liaison between the City and the LGBT community, and Christopher Argyros from the LA LGBT Center were also on hand at the news conference.
Detectives with LAPD say the shooting took place on Thursday, October 2, around 2:30 a.m., near the 600 block of Kenmore and Melrose Avenues. Surveillance video from a nearby business shows an altercation between Parker and three men. As the victim tried to run away, one of the men followed her, and shot her point blank in the head as she crossed the street. The victim stumbled and eventually collapsed on the sidewalk.
Officers arrived on scene and found the victim with a gunshot wound to her head. She was transported to L.A. County-USC Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.
Police are seeking the public’s help with the case and are asking anyone with information to call 800-222-TIPS.