Fatima Johnson was found beaten to death in her Los Angeles home on the Fourth of July. The 53-year-old mom of six was discovered by her daughters Sunday evening in the Manchester Square area after Johnson didn’t come to work and didn’t respond to text messages.
“We had been looking for her. And we found her. My sisters found her in her home hogtied, with her mouth duct-taped rolled up in a blanket,” Tyesha Harvey, one of Johnson’s daughters, said.
According to a Los Angeles Police Department, police officers went to the location not long after, and she was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles paramedics.
Family members confirmed that Fatima Johnson’s hands were tied up and she was wrapped in a blanket. The horrific news comes a week before Johnson’s 54th birthday. There were not other signs of abuse, the LAPD said.
“The scene that my sisters and I… witnessed first-hand and what happened to my mother is something that no child should ever see of their parent,” said Harvey. “I’m hurt, I’m angry and I’m questioning God right now.”
Relatives believe the killer stole items of Johnson’s, including a silver Lexus, jewelry and a cell phone. LAPD investigators said they had not yet confirmed the thefts.
Police have not identified a suspect, but Fatima Johnson’s boyfriend is a person of interest. Johnson’s family and friends say they believe Johnson’s boyfriend is responsible.
“He was just released from prison six months ago after completing a 25-year sentence for murder,” Harvey said. “We took it upon ourselves to start popping up on my mother and checking in on her to make sure she was all right because we didn’t feel comfortable with her relationship.”
Investigators say they are looking at the boyfriend as a person of interest. But they also say it is early in the investigation. The suspect, identified only as a male, fled the scene in an unknown direction, police said, adding that the incident is not believed to be gang-related.
“To the man that murdered my momma, I talked to you this morning. I want you to make your statement. I want you to turn yourself in,” said daughter Kamia Jones.
Harvey said her mother’s murder is a huge loss for the community. Whether it was feeding the neighborhood kids or giving someone gas money, Fatima Johnson wanted to be there for her neighbors, according to those who knew her.
Many gathered for a candlelight vigil that was held in Fatima Johnson’s honor on Monday. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with costs associated with the funeral.