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#LASD "Person of Interest" in the Death of a Homeless Senior Citizen in West Hollywood!


Detectives Search for Witnesses in West Hollywood Death of Homeless Senior Citizen

Less than a month ago, a homeless man lost his life after an argument with the driver of a vehicle. The two men were seen yelling at each other outside of a West Hollywood fast food restaurant, and again, shortly afterward, at a second location several blocks west. The two incidents occurred in broad daylight and detectives are searching for information.

It was around 1:45 P.M. on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, when George and the unknown man quarreled. Witnesses described the man, considered by detectives as a person of interest, as driving away from where George’s body was left behind, lying in the street. The vehicle fled westbound on Santa Monica Boulevard from the scene at Hilldale Avenue, then southbound on Robertson Boulevard.

George suffered a traumatic body injury and was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead the next day.

In earlier years, George McKinney, was an accomplished and constructive person, working with his father in their family’s roofing business. It was when he fell on hard financial times that George, paradoxically, found himself without a roof and living as part of the transient community in the city of West Hollywood. George may have been considered obscure by some, but he was of large importance to those who knew him. As the eldest male of seven siblings who called him by the nickname Leon, he was a beloved brother; he had the talent to build and repair a multitude of things and, at 65 years old at the time of his death, was considered a senior citizen.

"I'm just trying to wrap my head around someone taking a life," said the victim's sister, Denise Key, during a press conference held Thursday, June 21, 2018, at the Hall of Justice. "Leon didn't deserve that. He loved everyone."

The person of interest is described as a male Black, between 22 and 38 years old, approximately 5’10” tall, with a thin build. The vehicle he drove was a 2009-2010 Mazda 6 sedan, with four doors and was dark in color.

After investigating the circumstances surrounding George’s death, Homicide Bureau detectives are asking the public’s assistance to solve this case. If you witnessed the incident, or have any information about the person of interest or his car, please contact Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

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