LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Police were at a Leimert Park home early Wednesday to investigate the murder of three people.
The victims were a married couple – 82-year-old William Carter and his 77-year-old wife Orsie – and their son, 62-year-old Phillip White Sr. They were discovered inside the home in the 3900 block of Bronson Avenue on Tuesday night around 8 p.m. by a man who was the grandson of the couple and the son of the third victim.
The home is owned by White. He started the neighborhood watch in the area.
The man had tried to get in touch with them by phone, and had come to check on them, according to an LAPD captain.
“As he looked through the window, he saw what appeared to be bodies lying on the ground,” he said.
The three were found dead in a bathroom. Investigators say they all died from blunt force trauma and two of them had also been shot. Police say they appeared to have been overpowered.
“They all worked hard. I mean, they was God fearing — this is unimaginable,” said Natasha Cooper, who said she was the niece of one of the victims.
“It was real sad. Real sad,” said Burrell Burrell, who has known White for decades. “He was a beautiful person. We were neighbors and we stayed close to each other. Communicated with each other and helped each other.”
Neighbors say White, who retired from the Probation Department, lived there for 40 years. He was diagnosed with MS and now needed some care. His parents would come visit a couple times a week to check on him.
They came to see him on Monday. A Mercedes registered to Orsie Carter is what alerted neighbors that something was wrong.
“His parents came to visit maybe twice a week,” said neighbor David Rodgers. “And that’s what was odd because the vehicle that is his mother’s has never stayed there overnight.”
No suspect is in custody, and police are questioning a possible person of interest – a woman who worked as the victims’ caregiver — 55-year-old Nancy Amelia Jackson.
“We believe that Nancy is a material witness,” said LAPD Capt. Peter Whittingham. “And that she might have information that would tell us what went on inside that house.”
It’s not clear if the two were romantically involved but Jackson had reportedly helped care for White and had recently moved in.
“He was taken out of his normal routine when she came into his life,” said Rodgers. “Once in a while you would see arguments.”
Police say she drives a 1998 White GMC SUV with California license plate 4BGN193.
If you have any information about the crime you are urged to contact the LAPD.
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