(L.A.) Katherine Verdun, 24, Died at a Freeway Underpass

Case Number: 2008-07661

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 24-year-old Hispanic female that occurred at a freeway underpass.

The coroner’s office has identified the woman as Katherine Verdun.

Manner of Death: Homicide

Cause of Death: Multiple Gunshot Wounds

RIP KATHERINE VERDUN (September 13, 1984 – November 2, 2008)

The decedent was one of five people mass-murdered by two gang members at a homeless encampment near a Long Beach freeway.

It was only in 2017 — nine years later — that David Cruz Ponce, 36, and Max Eliseo Rafael, 31, were found guilty of first-degree murder for the 2008 shooting deaths of Hamid Shraifat, 41, of Signal Hill; Vanessa Malaepule, 34, of Carson; and Frederick Neumeier, 53, Katherine Verdun, 24, and Lorenzo Villicana, 44, of Long Beach.