A woman was killed on Hollywood’s famous Walk Of Fame Tuesday after she took pictures of three homeless men. Police found the woman, identified as 23-year-old Christine Calderon, bleeding on the sidewalk.
The three attackers were taken into police custody after they stabbed her to death. Witnesses said bystanders tried to stop the bleeding.
“The girl was just laying on the ground with blood everywhere,” Monta Cobbin, an employee of the American Eagle store, told NBC. “Everyone was trying to help her stop the blood.”
Calderon, of Lynwood, California, was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center but died during surgery. Homicide detectives said Calderon was walking along Hollywood Boulevard with a male co-worker when she stopped to take a picture of a cardboard sign one of the men was holding, according to the Los Angeles Times. She had been amused by the rude words and smiley face on the sign.
The men wanted Calderon to pay $1 for the picture, but she refused, igniting a dispute that ended her life.
One of the men jumped on Calderon, pushing her to the ground, as her co-worker was pinned against a wall, according to the Times. Calderon was bleeding as she ran away. The suspects were identified at the scene around midnight using photographs Calderon and her friend took.
The men, who are believed to be homeless, were found near the scene by homicide detectives. Police say the men are all white and in their late twenties and early thirties.
Calderon’s mother Yolonde Tassin told the Times she became worried about her daughter when she stopped texting her back on Tuesday night. She knew Calderon was dead when detectives showed up at her home the next day.