A South Los Angeles woman beloved in her community was found beaten to death in her home, with tape over her mouth and her hands tied early Sunday morning.
Fatima Johnson’s body was discovered rolled up in a blanket inside her home in the 7600 block of South Western Avenue, authorities said.
Johnson’s daughters told authorities they grew worried when they hadn’t heard from their mother in more than a few days. One of Johnson’s daughters, Tyesa Harvey, told FOX11, “My sisters and I contacted her best friend and we got her key, and my sisters found my mother inside her home… dead.”
Following the discovery of Johnson’s unconscious body, police respond around 11:30 p.m. Arriving paramedics pronounce her dead at the scene.
Johnson’s relatives also noticed that her jewelry, cellphone, and silver Lexus were stolen.
“The scene that my sisters and I…witnessed first-hand and what happened to my mother is something that no child should ever see of their parent,” said Harvey.
Investigators have yet to name a suspect in her murder. They are, however, looking into Johnson’s boyfriend as a person of interest. Johnson’s boyfriend was released from prison six months prior, after completing a 25-year sentence for murder. Neighbors have also reported seeing a male suspect fleeing from the scene.
A prayer vigil was held for Johnson on Monday evening. Dozens turned out to celebrate her selfless and caring nature. Along with remembering her for being the kind woman who helped her neighbors with food and gas money.
A GoFundMe page has been launched to help the family during this difficult time.