A homicide investigation is underway Tuesday after a hairstylist was found fatally stabbed outside a home in Woodland Hills the previous evening, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department initially responded to a home in the 5000 block of Queen Victoria Road around 5:50 p.m. Monday after a woman found the victim unresponsive and called authorities, LAPD Capt. Maureen Ryan said.
When they arrived, paramedics found the victim, identified as 49-year-old Fabio Sementilli, on the home's outdoor patio with injuries to his face, according to an LAPD news release. He had also lost a significant amount of blood.
Sementilli was found to have been stabbed several times in the neck and torso, according to the release.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Anything like this that occurs anywhere in the city is tragic, but we want to be sure that we take this slowly and make sure that we do a very thorough investigation so that we’re not missing anything, or we’re not getting ahead of the investigating getting any information out to the public," Ryan told KTLA following the incident Monday.
Sementilli's car was also missing from the home, according to the news release.
It was described as a black 2008 Porsche Carrera 911 with paper plates.
Sementilli, a professional hairdresser who was originally from Canada, worked as a creative director at salon products company Wella, a division of Coty Inc., according to his Facebook page and the company.
A spokesperson from Coty Inc. released a statement to KTLA following Sementilli's death.
“We are devastated by this tragedy. Fabio is an icon in the hairdressing community, a pillar of his team at Wella, and our dear friend," the statement read. "He will be very sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Sementilli was also featured in a YouTube video created by "American Salon" magazine.
Investigators have not identified a suspect or suspects in the case.
Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Steve Castro at 818-374-1925. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.