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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

True Hollywood Stories

The following story blows, but sheds some light on some serious darkness here in SoCal.

From the Desert Sun of Palm Springs:

"Twentynine Palms Marine shot dead by police after chase -
High-speed pursuit preceded by death of transgendered Hollywood hooker"

Tough. A few key excerpts:
A Twentynine Palms Marine who led Los Angeles police on a high-speed chase after allegedly killing a transgender prostitute in Hollywood was shot to death by officers.

Patrick Edward Vallor, 22, an MP, allegedly pointed a gun at pursuing officers in a McDonald’s restaurant parking lot in the Atwater Village area early Sunday, Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell said.

The Marine apparently picked up a prostitute he believed was a female, investigators said. When he discovered the prostitute was a man, the Marine allegedly killed the man and dumped the body near Melrose Avenue.

He was a 25-year-old male Hispanic with an unknown last address, Harvey said. His body, which indicated gunshot wounds, was found in the 4900 (block of) Melrose Hill, Los Angeles.

Officers first fired a beanbag round to subdue Vallor, but he pointed the weapon at officers and he was shot, Officer Jack Richter said Monday.

Vallor was from Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Based on vehicle descriptions by witnesses, police chased the suspect’s car through Hollywood to the parking lot near San Fernando Road and Fletcher Drive.
Really sad.

I'm fascinated by this story for a number of different reasons:

ONE; I know all of the locations in this story, so I can "see" the thing in my head. (Trust me, all of the locations in this story are grim. The 4900 block of Melrose Hill sucks, and the McDonald's in Atwater is barely a McDonald's.) Which makes it easier to connect the dots laid out by the article.
"Dude had some time away from Marine base. Dude got hammered and decided to pick up a hooker for a quick blow-job. Dude picked up a hooker on Santa Monica Blvd., somewhere between La Brea and Vermont. Dude did not know that the stretch between La Brea and Vermont is exclusively "transvestite and young-boy." Dude then drove south toward Melrose, pulled into one of the blown-out neighborhoods along the 101, and did the deed. Dude then blew a gasket and killed the transvestite after learning "its" true identity. Dude then dumped the body in said, blown-out neighborhood and continued to make tragic choices."
TWO; the "transvestite beaten or killed by john" story is a common one in Hollywood. Unfortunately, it's a story that often goes "unreported." Because "it" involves a transvestite. And few people care about transvestites, especially the ones that walk Santa Monica Blvd. In this case, though, the story has legs because the john was a Marine. From 29 Palms.

Which leads me to reason number THREE; over fifty Marines from 29 Palms have died in Iraq since the start of the war.

And another 1,000...are getting set...FOR ANOTHER DEPLOYMENT.

Hmm.

Was Patrick Vallor in that bunch? Dunno. I'm trying to find out.

More later...

6 Comments:

  • Hello there.

    By Blogger FoxyStardust, at 5:46 PM  

  • Just for those with questions about this... Patrick Vallor was a good friend of mine. He was like a brother to me. There are some discrepencies to the story floating around here i.e. Twentynine Palms Marine Base. I will not get into the details on here but I will vouch that Vallor would not intentionaly pick up a transgender hooker for action.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:09 PM  

  • Irregardless of whether he knew the hooker was a she or not he murdered an innocent human being then dumped the body on the side of the road. The pig Vallor got what he deserved.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:01 AM  

  • i am Patrick Vallor's sister. He was a kind boy who came back from Iraq different. If you want to blame someone or something, blame the system that turned a human being into a killing machine. I knew him his whole life. No one deserved to die that night. Saying he did deserve it is no different than saying the other did.

    By Anonymous lisa, at 1:33 AM  

  • He was my best friend while I was in the Corps. I still think about Patrick all the time, and almost cry when I look at the pictures of him.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:30 AM  

  • He will be greatly missed.

    By Anonymous Jeff, at 2:31 AM  

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