Not a Dummy After All

. Saturday, October 17


The neighbors didn’t call the police. They thought the body slumped over in a chair on their neighbor’s patio was just part of a Halloween display and thought nothing of it.

Instead, Mostafa Mahmoud Zayed, 75, of a Marina del Rey apartment complex had died of a single gunshot wound to an eye, an apparent suicide. Sure, everyone noticed the slumped body, but didn’t think it unusual. Zayed’s body had been there since Monday.