LOS ANGELES — Authorities searched Friday for clues in the killing of three Jewish Iranian men who were shot in a West Hollywood apartment a day before.
The victims, including two brothers, were killed shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday, and their killer or killers got away without anyone seeing them, LA Sheriff's Detective Bill Marsh said.
The coroner's office identified the victims as Pirooz Moussazadeh, 27, his brother, Shahriar Moussazadeh, 38, and Bernard Khalili, 27.
All three victims were members of the Iranian Jewish community and moved to the US as young children, said Pooya Dayanim, president of the Iranian Jewish Public Affairs Committee.
"These are three guys who happen to be Persian Jews who happen to have been murdered," Marsh said.
The victims were not wealthy, and family members told him they had no criminal pasts, Dayanim said. "The only thing that sticks out is there was nothing significant about them," he said.
Residents of the Kings Road Arms apartments building heard what they thought were firecrackers going off. They called the apartment manager, who went to investigate and found the door open and a body inside.
Deputies found two more bodies in the apartment. All three men were in different places in the open-plan unit. No weapons were found, and there were no immediate clues as to why the men were targeted, authorities said.
Marsh said the men likely knew whoever killed them. There was no sign of a struggle, and the door had not been forced open.