A 75-year-old dead man sat decomposing on his Marina del Rey balcony for days because neighbors thought the body was part of a Halloween display and didn’t call police.
Mostafa Mahmoud Zayed had apparently been dead since Monday with a single gunshot wound to one eye. He was slumped over a chair on the third-floor balcony of his apartment on Bora Bora Way, said cameraman Austin Raishbrook, who owns RMG News and was on scene Thursday when authorities found the body.
Neighbors on the 13900 block of Bora Bora Way told Raishbrook that they noticed the body Monday “but didn’t bother calling authorities because it looked like a Halloween dummy," he said.
"The body was in plain view of the entire apartment complex [and] they all didn’t do
anything,” Raishbrook said. “It’s very strange. It did look unreal, to be honest.”
How much do you want to bet, that as soon as the news broke, someone parked in his spot in the complex garage? Look, parking is hard to come by in this city, which is bounded on all four sides by Los Angeles. You know, they assign maybe two spots for every apartment, but since rents are high, you might have a guy staying with his buddy and his girlfriend, and she's got to get to work early, 'cause she works as a secretary in Orange County, so one of the guys has to park on the street. Now, that's a hassle, especially on the weekend when he gives up a good spot to head over to the fitness club and pick up his dry cleaning. And besides, it's not like the old guy is using it anyway. What was his name again? I don't remember him decorating last year for Halloween, since, like, his apartment balcony is on the third floor where it doesn't make much sense to put a display . . .