Courtney Aoki, a.k.a Kitty Kitanna, Danced at a Weekly Best of 2012 Spot and was Engaged and Pregnant--But Was the Slain Woman an Escort?
A very loose connection, that is.
According to the model/actress' Facebook page under her stage name, Kitty Kitanna, she was also a dancer--at Eye Candy Bikini Bar in Costa Mesa. That was the Weekly's Best of 2012 Bikini Bar, based on the entry that begins like this: "If you're going to go to a bikini bar, then go to a place where hipsters are shown the door; where ogling is not only accepted, but also mandatory; where the drink prices haven't changed in 20 years and the music doesn't stray far from Lynyrd Skynyrd." Directions to the establishment can be found through our company's award-winning Voices Places app.
|Courtney Aoki/Kitty Kitanna, R.I.P.|
(That quote has been attributed by others to the late actor James Dean, but it is actually a variation on this hadith from the Islamic Prophet Muhammed" "Live for your afterlife as if you will die tomorrow, and live for this life as if you will live forever.")
Ali Syed, also 20, is accused of fatally shooting Aoki in his parents' Ladera Ranch home before going on a carjacking-murder-suicide-random-shooting spree that also took the lives of Melvin Lee Edwards, 69 of Laguna Hills, and Jeremy Lewis, 26, of Fullerton. Moments later, Syed is said to have turned his shotgun on himself.
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There is no mention of Aoki's death on the Kitty Kitanna page, but her fiance Dave "Lefty" Gutierrez has pretty much turned his Facebook page into a memorial to her. He made a large banner photo on his page out of this image:
|"Lefty" remembers his "Kitty."|
"But dangers of the world just ate up my girl and my kid," Gutierrez told CBS2/KCAL9's Andrea Fujii. "She was going down a slippery slope, people wanted to take advantage of her. And unfortunately I couldn't be there 100 percent of the time."