By Ryan Gierach, West Hollywood, California
The rumors that swirled about the new couple in the building, that Andre Damiane Davids mutilated Kurtland Ma horribly, have been confirmed by law enforcement officials.
Yesterday law enforcement officials formally announced that Mr. Davids is charged for murder in the killing of Dr. Ma, his boyfriend/roommate, on March 29, 2014 with special enhancement because of his use of a knife.
But the bombshell came when it was disclosed that he had mutilated his ex.
Mr. Davids confessed to the killing, admitting to investigators that he also mutilated Dr. Ma by removing his genitalia and inserting them into his mouth.
Sheriff Homicide detective Lt. John Corina acknowledged that “He did remove some organs and stabbed him quite a few times.”
While local deputies would not confirm for WeHo News the rumors of mutilation at the time, the deputies that responded to the call did indicate the manner of Mr. Ma ‘s mutilation, though, after Lt. Coleman’s report was issued and Lt. Corona spoke to the press.
The report of the altercation came in just before 5:00 pm from the 900 block of Palm Avenue, a street that runs between Santa Monica Boulevard on the south to Holloway on the north.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, upon arriving at the scene on a welfare check, deputies were told by neighbors that there may have been a homicide and a possible suicide. The neighbors were distraught, with the entire street, it seemed, turning out to watch the activity on the long block running north from Santa Monica Boulevard.
Forcing their way into the apartment unit, the deputies then found Dr. Ma lying on the kitchen floor with multiple stab wounds. Paramedics were called in and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Continuing their search, they found Mr. Davids in the bathroom with numerous knife wounds and evidence that he had consumed a large number of pills in an attempt at suicide.
He was hospitalized for his wounds ok, and when interviewed he confessed to the mutilation and killing out of jealousy. “It appears to be a crime of passion where you know one boyfriend wasn’t as faithful to the other. The other one got upset,” said Lt. Corina.
Mr. Davids is facing possible charges of murder “with malice aforethought” with a special enhancement for using a knife in the commission of a felony, which would add one year to his sentence if convicted.
He is being held on $1,020,000 bail.
The neighborhood has been abuzz about it since, and then just over a week later, in the same building, a fracas broke out that involved what deputies called a “very large knife” that left three men seriously injured and in the hospital. One of the crew jumped at the deputies and was shot dead.
In the wake of the two violent deaths, one a murder and the other by a deputy, and with four tenants/guests hospitalized with knife wounds, any tenants of 939 Palm Ave. are bailing out, or intend to when they can.
People who would speak only only on back ground for fear of landlord backlash, told WeHo News that the crowd involved in the latest incident, where one man who “aggressed” a deputy died from a gunshot wound and three others were hospitalized with knife wounds, was, “a little wild.”
The incident has shaken residents’ feeling of safety and security.
John M. (he chose a moniker to hide his identity), said, “I am not sure I will stay on when my lease is up. This whole thing has me edgy and even a little afraid to come home. You just don’t know what will happen.”
Furthermore, West Hollywood has contracted with a post-traumatic stress company to handle neighbors’ needs. For ongoing counseling needs related to any traumatic event that you have experienced, please call the Maple Counseling Center at (310) 271-9999.”
A memorial service commemorating the very popular emergency room doctor and world traveler Kurtland Ma is planned for this weekend.
“Beloved son of Danny and Peggy Ma. Inspirational brother of Wayland Ma. Cherished grandson of Wing Doy Jimmy and Ellen Lee. Loved by all family and friends. Adored by his dog, Kingston. Kurtland lived a life that would take others many lifetimes to fill.
“As a Yale Medical School graduate and a world traveler, Kurtland lived a full and exemplary life, inspiring those around him with his dedication to his family, friends, patients, and community.
“He always lit up the room with his spirit and smile. Kurtland was a one of a kind soul that will be sorely missed by everyone he has touched. Kurtland’s memory will be cherished by all.
“In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made at http://bit.ly/OiKOfb.
“In honor of Kurtland’s legacy, a funeral service will be held on April 12, 2014 at 11 am with visitation from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary & Cemetery, 719 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85009.”