Police search for killer after man found stabbed to death in his Inglewood clothing store

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Police asked the public for tips Wednesday to solve the killing of a man found stabbed to death in his Inglewood clothing store.

John Allen Leigh appears in a photo released by the Inglewood Police Department on Feb. 26, 2020.
John Allen Leigh appears in a photo released by the Inglewood Police Department on Feb. 26, 2020.

John Allen Leigh, 57, had already died by the time officers arrived to his business located at 1100 North La Brea Avenue on Jan. 25, according to the Inglewood Police Department.

The address belongs to a strip mall, where Leigh owns a store called NKL Retail, according to police. An employee at a neighboring restaurant called 911 after finding his body, authorities said.

He died from a stab wound to the chest, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.

"He was a business owner and he had been there for several years and he was well-known within the area," Inglewood Police Lt. Oscar Mejia said.

Investigators believe Leigh's body was there for several hours before being discovered.

"So this is why we're hoping someone in the public or someone that might've been eating or shopping in that shopping center might've seen something suspicious," Mejia said.

People who work in the area told KTLA the door to his store was found open. But police would not say whether there were signs of forced entry.

Authorities have not given other details on the circumstances surrounding his death. Mejia said police are still collecting surveillance footage from the area and following up on tips.

A reward of up to $1,000 is available to those with information leading to an arrest and conviction, police said.

"Anything that anybody might've saw -- even if they don't think it's important -- will really help us if they contact our homicide detectives," Mejia said.

Those with information or questions can reach Homicide Detective Milchovich at 310-412-5191. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or visit lacrimestoppers.org.

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