Woman Fatally Stabbed While Photographing Transients

Woman Fatally Stabbed While Photographing Transients

On Tuesday, June 18, just after 8pm Christine Calderon, 23, was attacked and fatally stabbed by three transient men that were holding signs begging for money. After Christine snapped a photo of them because of the offensive language on their cardboard signs the men demanded money. When Christine and her friend refused the men attacked and later that night she passed away from the stab wound to her torso at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The attack happened on the popular intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. where tens of thousands of tourists visit each year.

The stabbing occurred on the "Walk of Fame" and three men have been arrested in connection with the attack. The LAist reported, a man who identified himself as Calderon's companion that night agreed to describe what happened and share a photo he took shortly before the incident. He says Calderon's phone has a similar image. (We spoke to LAPD Detective John Skaggs who confirmed the suspects they picked up had the same sign.) He said that he and Calderon had decided to go out to have a couple of drinks in Hollywood when they happened upon the two men pictured above. He said they thought the signs were funny, so they joked about it, snapped some photos and walked away. One of them shouted at them: "If you're going to take our *obscenity* pictures, you need to give us money." When the pair walked away without giving them money the men attacked them and in the altercation Calderon was fatally stabbed.


Fstoppers PanHandlers Sign

“Just be aware of your surroundings and be careful. Generally, in my experience as a law enforcement officer, transients don’t like their pictures being taken,” LAPD Officer Cleon Joseph said. “I’m not saying that’s a cause or reason for anything, but at the end of the day you need to be careful,” he said.

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Rob LaRosa's picture

Not all prisons are private institutions. Second, just because someone isn't a violent criminal doesn't mean they don't belong in prison. There are plenty of non-violent criminals that deserve to be in prison. Lastly, the only person deciding on the death penalty is the criminals. They know the law, if you kill someone, you'll be killed. Knowing that, they still decided to kill so it was their decision alone.

I find some people's lack of comprehension and lack of spine frightening.

robsydor's picture

"Lastly, the only person deciding on the death penalty is the criminals. They know the law, "

But they didn't make the law, another human made that law...?

Allen Piercy's picture

Yeah you should tell someone trying to murder you that they don't have the right to murder you...see how that goes.

Roman Kazmierczak's picture

Are you serious with this comment or you just trolling?

robsydor's picture

Yet...as they release the dangerous, they arrest men and women for growing a plant and throw the book at them......seems legit

woofa's picture

That's not MURDER, it's the reciprocal penalty for committing murder. Only idiots consider a punishment for such a crime to be murder. Bottom line is some beings that resemble humans in this world aren't actually humans so they don't get to participate anymore. And yes, WE the people are the ones to punish them because it's the only punishment they will ever see. You might believe in a god that will punish them but that only proves how foolish you are.

Mr Blah's picture

yessss yess.. let us go back to ancient times and apply the Talion's law...

You would feel Ok in a society that would feed a psychopath to pigs because he did so to way too many prostitutes? (Robert Pikton)

How does this work? The family of the victims each get to cut off a peice and feed the pigs? Government official do the cut and families feed?

How about a parent who rapes their child? Do we get their own parent to rape them?

That idea is SO stupid, that it actually scares me to see anyone belive in it...

Elijah Alcantara's picture

I haven't seen a 'perfect' judicial system worthy of taking someone's (innocent or not) life. How many were wrongly executed the past few years? This is more like 'revenge' not justice, murdering the convict won't bring back the victim.

Christopher Sztybel's picture

This isn't a murder that took place in a remote location. Witnesses, surveillance cameras, cell phone cameras...all point to the killer. Killing them does not bring back the victim, but it ends their poisoned life.

Zach Ashcraft's picture

better to love, forgive, and hope for change in their lives no?

Noah's picture

There is no "perfect" judicial system, because it is administrated by imperfect beings. Should we abolish prisons out of fear of wrongful imprisonment? Let's just condone anyone killing anyone else with impunity, with only the fear of being confined to a hotel as punishment. What a joke.

Elijah Alcantara's picture

prison is hell here in the third world... I don't know why you first worlders make them too comfy :P and being isolated from the outside world is a worse punishment for me than a quick death. Murdering the murderer does not deter the crime.

Mr Blah's picture

Because crime doesn't come as a valid option but more often because of no other option like homeless people being desperate, junkie needing a fix etc...

But don't ask too much of americans on here... There is sadly still a good majority that think like the middle ages...

Brad Johnson's picture

I believe in the death penalty, but I would never choose it for someone. Spending your life in jail is way worse than leaving the earth.

Wodan Rheingold's picture

We have no right to hold an innocent man against his will either, but on the other hand, we all agree to put a criminal behind bars too. So it's the society that defines that right to be free. That right to live you're talking about, can be defined by society too and may be not that intrinsic.

Henrik's picture

You can reverse a jail sentence.. not capital punishment.

Wodan Rheingold's picture

But if somebody happened to be locked up for 20 years and after all those years it appears that he was innocent, then he lost all these valuable years of his life too. So either way he looses.

Henrik's picture

Of course, you will loose some part of your life... but you will not be innocently killed and you will still be able to get some form of compensation from the state. It will not fix anything but it puts the society at a better place morally.

Mansgame's picture

Did she try explaining that since she's in a public space, she can take pictures of whatever she wants? Did she also explains that they shouldn't expect privacy because they're in a public place so she can exploit them for giggles on facebook and it's all legal? If that didn't work, I bet if she had a piece of paper that had these rules written, it would really intimidate the crazy people on the street.

Paul M's picture

Please, please tell me you forgot the /sarcasm tag? Otherwise I cannot (and for humanity's sake, do not want to) believe somebody could honestly be this ignorant.

Mansgame's picture

Sarcastic? Yes. But I have heard that very same argument from many photographers who jump in front of strangers and snap pictures without asking and call it "street photography". Their defense is always "it's in a public place so I can do it". Sooner or later, they're going to snap pictures of the wrong person like this girl did.

Rob LaRosa's picture

Except taking photos in a public space is legal and stabbing someone isn't. This is the same kind of logic and blames women for being raped because "they should have known better than do have worn 'that'".

Mansgame's picture

You made my point exactly. The dead girl kept her right to photograph and that's the important thing. I'm sure that's what her family must think too. *insert sarcasm*

Farzad Tabatabaie's picture

Dood... wrong post to complain about privacy issues... the girl's dead... wow.. seriously?

Mansgame's picture

Now is the perfect time Farzad. Let this girl's death be a lesson and use common sense when shooting. Remember the guy who was mauled by the bear? I do. That's why I'm a bit more careful when I shoot nature.

Roman Kazmierczak's picture

I agree with you. It is sad story but it can give some perspective on safety for street photographers.

Black Light Shoots's picture

sad yeah - that this is human nature. inhuman.

woofa's picture

What does a bear have to do with privacy? They could just as well have been attacked by these sub-humans if they just walked by and didn't give them a dollar. Photography has NOTHING to do with this, it is purely street survival techniques and taking photographs really has nothing to do with this in the end.

Mansgame's picture

The point of the bear story was just because you have the tools to take the picture, and the right to take the picture doesn't mean you should always take the picture.

Sam Gasparino's picture

Laws work until you piss someone off and get stabbed to death.

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