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Tragic Deaths of Two Los Angeles Models Under Investigation

Icon City News, your trusted source for news that matters to our diverse communities, brings you the latest on a chilling story unfolding in downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is currently investigating the deaths of two models, whose bodies were found in their separate apartments just days apart.

The first victim, Maleesa Mooney, was discovered on September 12th at approximately 3:54 p.m., during a routine welfare check conducted by LAPD patrol officers. Upon entering Mooney's South Figueroa St. apartment, officers found her lifeless body. An investigation by the LAPD's Central Bureau Homicide has since determined that Mooney was murdered in her home. At this time, the exact cause of her death remains unknown and will be determined by a post-mortem examination conducted by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

In a disturbing twist, it was revealed several days later that another model, Nichole “Nikki” Coats, had also been found dead in her apartment on September 10th, a mere two days before Mooney's body was discovered. Coats' family raised alarm bells when their attempts to contact the 32-year-old model went unanswered.

The LAPD has urged anyone with information regarding these cases to come forward. During regular business hours, Detectives Pierce or Marcinek at the Central Bureau Homicide Division can be reached at (213) 996-4150. On weekends or outside of business hours, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). For those wishing to remain anonymous, tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or online at

Additionally, anonymous tips can be submitted via the LAPD’s website,, by clicking on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu.

At Icon City News, we believe that our news matters and we are committed to shedding a light on stories that affect our communities. We urge everyone in our community to stay vigilant, look out for one another, and report any suspicious activities to the authorities.

In the words of our host, activist, and award-winning rapper Anye Elite: "We are stronger when we stand together." As we mourn the tragic losses of Maleesa Mooney and Nichole "Nikki" Coats, let their untimely deaths serve as a stark reminder of the importance of community vigilance and unity.


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