Stabbed Calif. teen screamed ex’s name before dying
Elena “Lily” Lilian Moore, 16, was fatally stabbed in her Pico Rivera, Calif., home Friday.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, August 13, 2016, 9:04 AM
California police are hunting for the ex-boyfriend of a teenager who was stabbed to death in the middle of the night, naming him a suspect after the dying 16-year-old girl used her last words to scream his name.
Elena Moore staggered into her mother’s bedroom inside their Los Angeles-area home early Friday, bleeding from her chest and shouting “Rory” — the first name of a 17-year-old boy she broke up with just two weeks before — authorities said.
“She was yelling and screaming his name. It’s horrible,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Eddie Hernandez said. “Can you imagine waking up to the screams of your daughter at 3:15 in the morning and this happens? It’s unthinkable.”
The teen’s chilling finals words prompted investigators to name Rory Murga a top-suspect in the case. Police are still looking for the teen.
Two photographs of Murga were released after investigators searched for him for 12 hours. One showed him with short green hair, and the other one pictured him with longer black hair with a section of bangs dyed light brown.
It’s unclear how Murga got into the home in the quiet neighborhood in Pico Rivera, about 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Investigators are still trying to if Moore let her killer in or if the attacker broke in.
Officials said the stabbing happened downstairs around 3:15 a.m. Friday.
Moore was able to run upstairs to her mother before collapsing, Hernandez said. The stabber fled, leaving a kitchen knife at the scene, while Moore died in front of her mom.
Moore — who was known as Lily to her friends and classmates — dates Murga for a year until she ended the relationship two weeks ago, Hernandez said.
The slain teen’s home was encircled Friday afternoon with crime-scene tape, and sheriff’s investigators were seen taking bloodhounds inside to help them search for the killer. The middle-class block of homes is just down the street from a church and several schools.
A neighbor, 60-year-old David Arias, said she saw Moore and Murga hanging out around the blook from time to time.
“They seemed happy and lovey dovey,” he said. “Always hugging and kissing.”
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