SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Community activists and family members are demanding justice for 16-year-old Tioni Theus, whose body was found dumped alongside the Harbor Freeway in South Los Angeles earlier this month.
Members of the CHP and activists from Project Hope plan to gather on Saturday to call on state officials and Gov. Gavin Newsom to offer a reward for information on her murder.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Theus’ body was found on January 8th on the side of the freeway on the West Manchester Ave on-ramp near South Figueroa Street in Los Angeles. She had a gunshot wound to her neck. Officials said she had told a family member she was going to a party with a friend on the day before she was found dead.
Najee Ali of Operation Hope said:
“The CHP is conducting the criminal investigation, and California elected officials are the representatives the family must make the award request from since her body was dumped and recovered on California state property. It’s important that Governor Newsom and state elected officials realize that Tioni Theus’ life mattered. The fact that someone could shoot and kill a young woman and dump her body on the side of the freeway like she was trash is outrageous.”
The CHP is asking for anyone with information about her killing to call the agency at 323-644-9557.
PHOTO CREDIT: California Highway Patrol