- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 20, 2013

Three panhandlers were arrested Wednesday night after reportedly stabbing a 23-year-old woman to death on Hollywood’s star-lined “Walk of Fame” after she refused to pay them a dollar for taking a photo of one of their signs.

Homicide detectives said Christine Calderon, of Lynwood, Calif., was walking along Hollywood Boulevard at about 8:30 p.m. with a male co-worker when she stopped to take a picture of a cardboard sign one of the men was holding, the Los Angeles Times reported.

They wanted Ms. Calderon to pay $1 for the picture, but she refused. One of the men then jumped on her, pushing her to the ground and stabbing her in the torso, as her co-worker was pinned against a wall, The Times reported.

The entire incident went down just outside of an American Eagle store.

“The girl was just laying on the ground with blood everywhere,” employee Monta Cobbin told NBC. “Everyone was trying to help her stop the blood.”

“She was wearing jeans and I think it was a white tank top and it was covered in blood,” a street vendor told NBC.

Ms. Calderon was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center but died during surgery.

Her mother, Yolonde Tassin, said her daughter had been working to make her life better, had given up alcohol and drugs and was studying to become an engineer.

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