Talking to her friends, she was someone who never had a bad word to say about anybody. Service was what she was all about.
— Jim McDonnell, LAPD Asst. Chief
The flag-draped body of DeSha, a seven-year veteran of the force, was carried past scores of uniformed LAPD officers, their faces somber and their hands clasped in front of them. DeSha had started working last month at LAPD headquarters in the department's office of operations as a writer and training officer. She took that assignment after working patrol in North Hollywood, officials said.
Keep in mind
- The Times initially mispelled the name of Michael Hammersley and Beverly Mosley.
- The coroner's office reported a 26th victim the afternoon of Sept. 15, but a few hours later said the tally was 25.