Two models found dead in DTLA apartments two days apart and less than a mile apart – Daily News
LOS ANGELES – Police are investigating the deaths of two models who were found in their downtown Los Angeles apartment less than a mile from each other and two days apart.
Malissa Mooney, 31, was found dead in her apartment in the 200 block of South Figuerora Street around 3:55 p.m. on September 12. Police said she was murdered, but the cause of death is unknown pending an autopsy.
Nicole Coates was found dead inside her apartment in the 700 block of Grand Avenue on September 10. Police were conducting a welfare check on Coates, 32, about 10 a.m., but no one at her apartment responded. About two hours later, the police were called, and someone reported finding a body in the house.
Her cause of death was also under investigation.
“Nikki’s vibrant personality was one that touched and influenced everyone she met. She is known as a wonderful daughter, friend and soul mate. Her untimely passing has devastated us,” says a GoFundMe page set up for Coats to help with funeral expenses.
The authorities did not indicate that the two cases were related.
Moni was the sister of Guyanese pop singer Jordyn Pauline, who posted a tribute to her brother on Instagram last week.
“My heart is broken, I can’t believe you won’t be here with us anymore. You were so loving and kind to everyone. You made sure that everyone around you did as well. You opened your arms to people who didn’t deserve you as a friend. You are the best thing to happen in everyone’s life Someone I almost touched!!!”
She added: “The reason I am me is because of you!!! …My first best friend is the one who taught me everything I know!!!!! How is this possible that you wouldn’t even be here? …This seems so surreal. I keep waking up crying thinking I’m in a bad dream. We will get justice for you, sister. I promise it won’t go to waste!!!
Police asked anyone with information about the deaths to contact Detective Pierce O. Marcinek, Los Angeles Police Department, Central Bureau Homicide Division, at 213-996-4150. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or go to www.lacrimestoppers.org.