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?

The young woman whose murder in Ladera Ranch apparently kicked off last Tuesday's Orange County freeway shooting spree that ended with a total of four dead (including the shooter) has a connection to the OC Weekly.

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.
Her Facebook page reveals Aoki was engaged, that on Jan. 26 she "liked" Cavallero Fangs, "a Community Page about Vampires," and that the 20-year-old Buena Park resident leaves behind this cryptic favorite quote: "Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."

(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.

BREAKING NEWS: 4 Dead in A.M. Shooting Spree

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."
Gutierrez includes messages like these: "R.I.P my pretty Kitty; I'll always love you now & in death. R.I.P 6/27/92-2/19/13," and "I was engaged with her all along but now may she rest in peace. She deserves @ least that much if anything. Gone but never forgotten." According to words he reportedly gave to KCBS/Channel 2 news on Sunday, he is also mourning the loss of a child as he revealed Aoki was three months pregnant. They were to marry in the spring.

"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."

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