Model who was the sister of a Guyanese pop star died by homicide, autopsy shows

Maleesa Mooney, a mannequin who was the sister of Guyanese pop star Jourdin Pauline, died by murder, in accordance with an post-mortem report launched this month.

The physique of Mooney, 31, was discovered Sept. 12 in a fridge in her luxurious high-rise condo in downtown Los Angeles, authorities stated. The post-mortem report, dated Oct. 18 however obtained Monday, contains the outcomes of drug testing that may take months to finish.

Cops found Mooney’s physique after her mom, apparently apprehensive as a result of she hadn’t been in contact, requested the supervisor of the high-rise to test on her, in accordance with the report.

Maleesa Mooney. (by way of NBC Los Angeles)

It was the second time Los Angeles law enforcement officials had performed a welfare test on Mooney’s residence that month, it stated. Two days earlier, officers checking on her on the behest of her sister knocked on the condo’s door and left after there was no reply, in accordance with the report.

On Sept. 12 they’d the assistance of the constructing’s supervisor, who allow them to in with a key, the report stated. Inside, they seen that meals usually saved in a fridge was on a counter.

They opened the fridge and located Mooney inside, her wrists and ankles sure and her mouth gagged — all with clothes and different objects, akin to cords, the report stated. An article of clothes was additionally wrapped round her neck, it stated.

Safety video confirmed her arriving on the residence with a girl and a person on Sept. 5, the report stated. Elevator video from the following day is the final imagery of her alive, it stated.

A person was seen on safety video utilizing Mooney’s safety key to entry elevators on Sept. 7, the report stated. He carried plastic luggage to the condo, it stated.

Mooney moved into the Figueroa Road constructing in the beginning of August, and on Sept. 9 she had been anticipated to return to her final residence to retrieve the remainder of her belongings, in accordance with the report.

When she did not present up, relations turned involved, it stated, and her mom requested for the primary of the 2 welfare checks the following day.

Blunt pressure trauma to her head and neck, a “triangular” minimize on her brow, abrasions back and front and marks from being tied up have been discovered on Mooney’s physique, the report stated.

“These accidents counsel she was probably concerned in violent bodily altercation previous to her loss of life,” the report concluded. “The reason for loss of life is deemed homicidal violence.”

Drug assessments indicated “latest cocaine use,” the report stated. “The position that medication and/or alcohol could have performed in Ms. Mooney’s loss of life, if any, is unsure.”

A Los Angeles police detective stated within the report that he has been assigned to research and that no suspects have been in custody.

On Sept. 28, sister Pauline stated on Instagram that she is going to proceed to attempt for “#JUSTICEFORMALEESA as a result of she will be able to’t let it “turn into a chilly case.”

“We should rise up for all girls of coloration,” she wrote. “Whoever did this to you’ll be discovered and severely prosecuted.”

One other mannequin, Nichole Coats, 32, was discovered useless two days earlier than Mooney’s physique was found, elevating considerations that each could have been murdered. Coats’ was discovered inside her condo a few mile away, authorities stated on the time.

A abstract from the medical expert’s workplace stated cocaine and ethanol toxicity triggered Coats’ loss of life.

This text was initially revealed on NBCNews.com

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