A Los Angeles model says she fears for her life after two other models were found dead in her neighborhood in four days.
Brittany Mason, 26, told her local news station KTLA that she wanted to move out of the area, but her landlord refused to let her out of her lease.
Mason said she was deeply disturbed by the Sept. 12 discovery of the body of Maleesa Mooney, 31, in her apartment complex — a discovery that came two days after police found Nichole Coats, 32, known as Nikki, in her apartment, less than a year ago. miles away.
“Honestly, I don’t feel safe — and I shouldn’t be forced to live here if I don’t feel safe,” Mason said.
“I don’t think that’s okay.”
Brittany Mason, 26, doesn’t want to live in the area where two other models were found dead earlier this month
Nichole Coats (left) was found dead in her South Grand Avenue apartment on September 10. Mooney (right) was found dead in her South Figueroa Street apartment two days later
Residents of the 450-unit high-rise of Mooney and Mason are said to have ‘raised the alarm’ in recent weeks about strange, suspicious activity in the building.
Coats was found dead in her apartment on Grand Street, while Mooney was discovered just a mile away in the 200 block of South Figueroa Street.
She said the building she and Mooney lived in, Skye in the Luxury Apartments of Bunker Hill, on Figueroa Street, had many apartments sublet, and she worried about the comings and goings.
“Initially, people were renting the unit across from me, so I saw different people coming in and out every day,” she said.
“The other thing was that at one point people were having big parties and a lot of men came through here.”
Mason said she had also had trouble finding people sleeping in stairwells.
Rent for studios and one-bed apartments in the complex starts at $2,019 per month.
The building also has a resort-style pool and sundeck and a central courtyard, as well as community barbecue grills, tennis courts and a dog park.
Los Angeles police have so far said the deaths of the two women are “not related.”
As police investigate, family members of both women have come forward and shared their concerns that there is a person killing women in the area.
The LAPD clarified that while the women’s ages, races, occupations and manners of death are similar, they are being investigated separately.
“To date, there is no evidence to suggest that the deaths of Ms. Coats and Ms. Mooney are related,” an LAPD spokesperson told KTLA.
They said the killings are still considered “active investigation.”
Mooney in a photo from her sister’s Instagram account
The clarification comes just one day after Coats’ family spoke to KTLA and told the outlet they found her in an unrecognizable state after her death.
“I couldn’t recognize her,” said Coats’ aunt, May Stevens.
‘I believe it was murder, I really do. One of her legs was hanging in the air in a kicking position. That’s not someone who just laid down in bed and died.’
Police have called Mooney’s death a homicide, but have yet to officially declare Coats’ death a homicide.
Details about their causes of death have not been shared.
Coats’ aunt and father discovered her at the home two days after she was last heard from, and told friends she had a date on September 8.
“I don’t know who she dated or what happened there,” said Sharon Coats, Nikki’s mother.
‘I have no idea, but I’ll find out.
“If you’re out there, you’re going to get caught. You’re arguing with the wrong person.’
Coats’ death remains classified as ‘suspicious’ pending a Los Angeles County coroner’s report
Coats’ apartment in downtown LA is a mile from where Mooney was found two days later
Coats’ aunt, May Stevens (right), discovered her body. She is seen here with Sharon Coats, Nikki’s mother
Mooney – the sister of Guyanese pop star Jourdin Pauline – was found dead on September 12 after a series of calls and text messages went unanswered.
Her phone messages had gone from blue texts to green, the family said.
During a welfare check, police found the model’s body.
It is unclear how long she was dead or in the apartment.
Mooney worked as a real estate agent at the Beverly Hills-based agency Nest Seekers and had only moved into her new home a month ago, her family said.
Bailey Babb, Mooney’s cousin, told KTLA that the family requested a welfare check when she stopped answering her calls.
“When a week went by, we just knew something was wrong.
“Her messages weren’t getting through and we knew something was going on because we all have a special relationship with Maleesa,” Babb said.
Pauline, who has 1.3 million Instagram followers, posted about her sister and said Mooney was a “peacemaker” in their family.
Jourdin Pauline, Mooney’s sister who has 1.3 million followers on Instagram, said: ‘Maleesa has always been someone who is a peacemaker in our family, someone who has always been the backbone and makes everyone come together and love each other holds’
“Malesa has always been someone who is a peacemaker in our family, someone who has always been the backbone and made everyone come together and love each other,” she wrote.
The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement: “(LAPD) Central Homicide Bureau investigators are asking for the public’s assistance with any information in a homicide investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detectives Pierce or Marcinek at 213-996-4150 or contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit lacrimestoppers.org.