WEST HOLLYWOOD—Officials from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the family of George McKinney, a 65 year-old homeless man, is asking for the public’s help to locate a person of interest in connection to his death.
During a press conference on June 21, McKinney’s sister, Denise Key, asked that anyone with information contact the authorities. “I’m just trying to wrap my head around someone taking a life. [He] didn’t deserve that, he loved everyone,” said Key.
A video released by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department shows McKinney walking with a shopping cart on Wednesday, May 23. Shortly after, McKinney passes out of view and a man is seen following him.
According to the LASD, McKinney suffered a traumatic body injury and was found lying in the street near Santa Monica Boulevard and Hilldale Avenue. The unidentified man was seen fleeing the scene in a dark 2009-2010 Mazda 6 Sedan. On May 24, McKinney was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Authorities indicate the person of interest as an African-American male, standing 5 feet and 10 inches tall, in his 20s to 30s, with dark hair and a thin build.
McKinney was one of seven children, and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department indicated he, “Worked with his father in their family business, but when he fell on hard times, he found himself living without a roof in the city of West Hollywood.”
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact the Sheriff Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. For those wishing to remain anonymous, call “L.A. Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google play or the App Store, or use the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.