Michael Latt, a well-known figure in the realm of social justice, met a tragic end when he was shot outside his Los Angeles residence by a homeless woman who had unlawfully entered his home.
While the motive behind this unfortunate incident remains unclear, according to Huffington Post, it is suggested that the homeless woman specifically targeted Latt due to his association with a woman she had been stalking.
The founder of an arts-focused social justice organization was fatally shot this week in his Los Angeles home.
CBS affiliate KTLA identified Michael Latt as the 33-year-old man found in his home Monday night with multiple gunshot wounds, after police received a report of a shooting.
Jameelah Elena Michl, 36, is accused of breaking into Latt’s home that night and shooting him, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, in a Thursday press release, said that Michl targeted Latt for being friends with a woman she had been stalking.
Prosecutors have charged Michl with murder and residential burglary with person present, alleging that someone else was inside the residence at the time of the break-in.
Latt was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Avarie Shevin, Latt’s next-door neighbor, told KTLA she was “heartbroken” and “shocked” by the incident.
It’s truly heartbreaking that this young man had his life cut short in such a brutal way.
Perhaps this incident will ignite discussions, both in California and across the nation, about the most effective ways to address the escalating homeless crisis in many major U.S. cities.