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    Woman murdered months after husband, daughter
    Saturday, March 27, 2010

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- Family members gathered at the home where
    38-year-old Karine Hakobyan was shot and killed Friday night.

    Homicide detectives said she carpooled to work, dropped off a
    co-worker and came home but never got out of her car.

    Relatives and neighbors found Hakobyan's body, she had been shot in
    the back in the head.

    The way she was killed is similar to how her husband, 43-year-old
    Khachik Safaryan and their 8-year-old daughter Lusine, were murdered
    back in December of 2008. The couples teenage daughter came home from
    school and found her little sister dead on the couch and their father
    dead in a back room. They had also been shot in the head.

    Police say Hakobyan moved out of the apartment because she didn't want
    to live where the murders took place. She moved a few blocks away when
    a unit became available in the building where her daughters
    grandparents live.

    Relatives say they don't know who is responsible for the murders and
    detectives don't know if it's the work of the same person or group, or
    if the killings are unrelated.

    Police are lining up grief counselors to meet with the family.
    Detectives say the family is devastated.

    If you have any information that would help authorities in this case
    you are asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department at
    Hayastan or Bust.

  • #2
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    LAPD probes Little Armenia killings, looking at possible family connection

    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.


    • #3
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      You would think in a crowded place like this someone would have heard a gun shot or seen something.
      Hayastan or Bust.


      • #4
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        How do they get gun? Oh I forgot America loves guns and McDonald.
        Մեկ Ազգ, Մեկ Մշակույթ
        "Western Assimilation is the greatest threat to the Armenian nation since the Armenian Genocide."


        • #5
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          emmmm ... I don't know anyone who loves McDonalds. Actually the rest of the world seems to love it a lot more
          this post = teh win.


          • #6
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            LA police probe 3rd slaying in Armenian family

            This undated family photo provided by the Hakobyan Family shows Karine Hakobyan, who was found Friday, March 26, 2010, behind the wheel of her Honda CRV with a gunshot wound to the back of her head. Her husband, Khachik Safaryan, a 43-year-old Armenian man, and his 8-year-old daughter Lusine were found shot to death Dec. 11, 2008. Los Angeles police said Monday there is a connection between the recent shooting death of the 38-year-old Hakobyan in Hollywood and the murders of her husband and daughter in December 2008.

            LOS ANGELES — More than a year after finding her father and sister shot to death in their apartment, a 14-year-old girl discovered her mother fatally shot behind the wheel of her car in an attack that appeared to be connected to the earlier killings, police said Monday.

            Karine Hakobyan, 38, a nursing assistant at Childrens Hospital, was found Friday behind the wheel of her Honda CRV with a gunshot wound to the back of her head.

            Detectives investigating the killing of her husband Khachik Safaryan, 43, and their 9-year-old daughter Lucine said there appeared to be a link between the crimes.

            "We're working on a theory that was developed in the previous homicides," police Detective Dan Myers said. He cautioned, however, that investigators had yet to uncover definitive evidence connecting the deaths.

            He did not provide further details but said none of the victims had any criminal associations.

            In both cases, the bodies were discovered by another daughter in the family, Myers said.

            Detectives had been in regular contact with Hakobyan during their first investigation. Myers went to her apartment last week then got a call Friday saying she was dead.

            "It's horrible," he said. "You meet a victim, you spend a lot of time together, then you get a call in the middle of the night saying she's been murdered."

            Police have developed few leads in any of the shootings, despite a $75,000 reward offered for information about the killing of Safaryan and his daughter in their family home on Dec. 11, 2008.

            Shortly after those killings, the mother and her surviving daughter moved to her in-laws in a nearby apartment complex.

            Neighbors said they were shocked by the attack on Hakobyan in the complex they described as mostly family friendly and secure. However, on Monday the front gate was propped open, leaving a clear path to apartments.

            A woman at the apartment of Hakobyan's in-laws said the couple was too upset to speak.

            The woman, who declined to give her name, said Hakobyan kept her feelings to herself but struggled with the deaths of her husband and daughter and frequently visited a nearby memorial park.

            Hakobyan and Safaryan married in Armenia and moved from the capital city of Yerevan to the U.S. in 2003, Myers said.

            "Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it." ~Malcolm X


            • #7
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              What's really sad is that this kind of thing occurs everyday

              Who gives human rights to take someone elses life

              They were talking about this story at work today.
              Positive vibes, positive taught


              • #8
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                People don't just kill your entire family for no reason. These people definitely did something horrible and had payback knock back at their door. Ironically, I know somebody who lives in the same building as they did.


                • #9
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                  You could say that about the Husband and the Wife. But when an eight year old girl is shot to death....there are no words to describe how twisted and disgusting that is.


                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by Muhaha View Post
                    You could say that about the Husband and the Wife. But when an eight year old girl is shot to death....there are no words to describe how twisted and disgusting that is.
                    In the eyes of the killer, they are just getting rid of the witness. I agree with One Way... you had to have made the wrong people very angry for something like this to happen.
                    "Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it." ~Malcolm X