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News Release

Thursday, May 23, 2002

Media Relations

Detectives Seek Public's Assistance in Finding Killer of Mother of Five

"Detectives Seek Public's Assistance in Finding Killer of Mother of Five"


Press Conference Regarding Murder of Dawanna Denise Estes

LAPD Southwest Area Homicide Detectives and Family Members of The Murder Victim

Friday, May 24, 2002
9:30 a.m.

Southeast Area Community Police Station,
145 West 108th Street, Los Angeles

Los Angeles: On Sunday, May 19, 2002, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Dawanna Denise Estes, a 38-year old, mother of five, was shot and killed when she came to the aid of a friend who was involved in a domestic dispute. The murder was witnessed by her three young children and the teenaged children of her friend.

A warrant for the arrest of the suspect, 25-year old Alikish Yurral Moore, was issued on Tuesday, May 21, 2002, charging 187(A) PC (Murder) and 422 PC (Terrorist Threats).

Southeast Homicide Detectives will hold a press conference in an attempt to gain the public’s assistance in locating and apprehending the suspect.

The victim’s family members will be in attendance and photographs of both the victim and suspect will be made available to the press.

The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking help from anyone with information about the incident and request that you contact Southeast Area Homicide Detectives at 213-485-6902 during business hours. On weekends and during off -hours, call the 24-hour toll free number of the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (877- 529-3855).

This media advisory was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.