LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Neighbors in Beverly Grove came together to share grief and anger Saturday after Gabe Donnay, 31, was killed in his own backyard last Monday by a man believed to be homeless.
Police said the suspect came into Donnay’s yard on Maryland Drive and stabbed him. When officers arrived, they said the suspect took off and killed himself in a guest house two yards away.READ MORE: Search Underway For Newport Beach Hiker Matt Thoke Missing For 9 Days In Sequoia National Park
Donnay’s friends met Saturday to remember him and to protest policies that they said aren’t helping homeowners.READ MORE: Southern California Edison Sued For Wrongful Death By Widow Of Electrocuted Lineman
“I grew up in LA and I’ve seen kind of what’s happened to the city in the last couple of years,” said Riley McCluskey, the victim’s friend. “It no longer feels safe. It no longer feels like where I want to be and where I want to raise my family. I just feel failed, like the city Gabe loved and adopted failed him.”MORE NEWS: Scarlett Johansson Files Lawsuit Against Disney For 'Black Widow' Release
Councilmember Paul Koretz released a statement calling Donnay’s death senseless and saying the city is working, “To bring safety and order into a shaken community devastated by the tragic murder, with a focus on very aggressively working to bring homeless residents of the nearby encampment into housing and off the sidewalk that they are blocking.”