SANTA MONICA, Calif. (TCD) — A 27-year-old homeless woman was arrested on murder and other charges after she allegedly shot and killed a man who was sitting in his parked car.
According to the Santa Monica Police Department, on Jan. 25 at around 10:25 a.m., officers responded to a shots fired call on the 2600 block of 29th Street and found the victim, 26-year-old William Edwards III, injured in his vehicle. Paramedics transported Edwards to the hospital in “grave condition,” but he later died from his injuries.
Witnesses at the scene described the suspect, who fled the area following the shooting. Police located Kayla Mackie in West Los Angeles and arrested her Jan. 26 on suspicion of murder.
Santa Monica Police said Mackie is also believed to be involved in other crimes in the area, including armed robbery and attempted murder. Mackie was reportedly “experiencing homelessness” at the time of the shooting.
Mackie was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail and is being held on $2.05 million bail.
According to his LinkedIn, Edwards was a music producer who worked with artists including Travis Scott and Lil Cobaine. A GoFundMe page in his honor says he leaves behind two sons and he was “dedicated to his AA and NA community.”
Lil Cobaine posted a tribute to Edwards on Instagram, writing, “i’ve seen u at your highs and lows and you’ve seen me at mine. to say we were friends would put a damper on the brotherhood we’ve built and the moments and memories we’ve accumulated over the 9 years that we’ve been FAMILY. you meant the world to me.”
He continued, “you didn’t just change my life, you fixed it.”
Lil Cobaine credited Edwards for showing him “the other side of addiction and sobriety,” and said, “you worked tirelessly for your family and put everybody ahead of you before yourself.”