Investigators and family members are seeking answers after the bodies of two sisters were found shot inside their burning Westchester apartment on Saturday.
Firefighters responded to the blaze just after 9 a.m. at an apartment building in the 8600 block of Belford Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. They found several people outside the home trying to extinguish it, officials said.
Once inside, they discovered two dead bodies, authorities said. Investigators soon determined both victims had been shot, LAPD Lt. John Radtke said.
Coroner’s officials had yet to formally identify the victims, but family members who gathered at a vigil Sunday said they were 16-year-old and 27-year-old sisters who had just recently moved in to the apartment. Both were mothers.
Cousin Tierra Turner said devastated family members had no idea why anyone would want to hurt the sisters.
“They weren’t in any type of gang, nothing. Just really good girls who did not deserve this,” Turner said through tears.
“We were just together like a month ago,” she said. “We just have a very close family.”
A car belonging to one of the victims is missing, LAPD Detective Sean Kinchla told KTLA. It’s described as a white, four-door, 2015 Nissan Altima with a California license plate of 7CXN273.
No information regarding a suspect description or a motive has been released.
Anyone with information can reach the LAPD at 877-527-3247. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.