Police on Sunday identified two people who were found dead in their Riverton Avenue home over the weekend as Nancy Boehm, 57, and her son, Shawn, 23.
The two, who had multiple stab wounds, were found in separate bedrooms of the house where they had lived for 20 years.
LAPD homicide detectives are investigating the deaths.
A friend who had not seen the pair for a week found the bodies and contacted police, authorities said.
Neighbors in the 5700 block of Riverton Avenue, a tree-lined street of working-class homes, said Nancy Boehm had been an assembly worker for General Motors until she was laid off several years ago.
Shawn Boehm was often seen riding his bike or walking along the street, neighbors said.
“He looked like somebody straight from Kansas,” said Marill Falcone, 61, who used to talk to Shawn Boehm and called him a “polite, shy boy.”
Falcone and others in the neighborhood said the son had a mental disability and had played basketball in the Special Olympics as a youth.
Roxanna Goff, 43, said she wondered where Shawn Boehm was after she did not see him for a week.
“I thought it was strange that I didn’t see him because he’s always there, in front of his house, kind of watching things go by,” she said. “He looked like a kid that never had a friend.”
Police said they had no suspects Sunday evening.