Man, daughter shot to death are identified

Vives and Olivarez-Giles are Times staff writers.

Police continued their investigation Friday into the fatal shooting of a man and his 8-year-old daughter in their Hollywood home.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office identified the victims as Khachik Safaryan, 43, and his daughter Lusine.

Safaryan's 15-year-old daughter found the bodies when she came home from school, said Officer Ana Aguirre of the Los Angeles Police Department.

There was no evidence of forced entry into the apartment in the 1200 block of Tamarind Avenue, south of Sunset Boulevard in the Little Armenia neighborhood, police said.

Investigators believe the father and daughter were killed between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Thursday.

The case is being investigated as a double homicide, and police did not know who committed the crime or any motive for it, Aguirre said.

The family vehicle was found a few blocks from the home and there was no indication of forced entry into the car, Aguirre said. Police did not know who moved the car.

The neighborhood, near the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, is a combination of two-story apartment buildings and gated, single-family homes.

On Friday, residents gathered outside the apartment building where Safaryan and his daughter were killed.

"This is the first time something like this happened to the neighborhood," said Oganis Orvakyan, 55.

He said he did not know Safaryan well but saw the man often and would say hello to him.

"Why did they have to kill the child?" Orvakyan asked.

A crime-scene cleaning crew arrived at the apartment complex late Friday morning to clean out blood stains from the bottom unit in the back, where the family lived.

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