Authorities on Monday identified a 28-year-old man who was being sought after he allegedly killed his 21-year-old girlfriend days earlier in the East Los Angeles area.
Antonio Medina was wanted in connection with the death of Kassandra Ochoa, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies responded about 1 a.m. Saturday to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 470 block of South Sydney Drive. They arrived to find Ochoa bleeding and unresponsive, the statement said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses told investigators that they saw Medina fleeing the location after he was heard arguing with Ochoa.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was involved in a relationship with the victim, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Ochoa died as a result of suffering blunt force trauma to her head, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said.
Medina, a transient known to frequent the East Los Angeles area, was last seen wearing gray thermal shirt and dark pants, authorities said. He was described as Hispanic, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. According to photos released by the Sheriff’s Department, he has brown eyes and black hair.
At a memorial held Monday evening near the crime scene, Ochoa's grief-stricken family members remembered her as someone who was "full of life."
"I feel terrible. I feel empty," said her sister, Cynthia Montelogo. "But there's so many emotions, I don't know when and how I feel."
The victim's mother, Elizabeth Dolores, rhetorically addressed the suspected killer.
"Why would you do something to someone that you say you love?" she asked. "You come to the family, you tell them you love her and you're going to take care of her and protect her. And then you turn around and do something like this?"
"It's horrific," she added.
A GoFundMe account has been created to help raise money for Ochoa's funeral expenses.
Anyone with information about Medina’s whereabouts was asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477, text the letters TIPLA plus the tip to 274637, or visit lacrimestoppers.org.