Man found dead inside South L.A. laundromat; investigation underway

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Los Angeles police were investigating the circumstances surrounding a body found inside a laundromat in South Los Angeles early Friday morning. (KABC)

Los Angeles police were investigating the circumstances surrounding a man's body found inside a laundromat in South Los Angeles early Saturday morning.

The victim, identified as Darren Clark, is believed to be an employee of the Coin Wash in the 7300 block of Figueroa Street.

The 50-year-old was found around 12:20 a.m. by an employee of the same laundromat who lives in the building, police said.

Investigators believe robbery may have been a motive for the killing.

Clark, who was a father and a friend to many, was being remembered at a memorial held by family and loved ones.

"He was a real nice guy. He never had no problem, he always kept a great smile. If you needed to talk to him, he'll talk to you. You know, he walked this community like he owned it, you know, and everybody respected him," said Mark Candy, a friend.

Clark worked the night shift and was in charge of closing up when police believe he was murdered.

"The laundromat closed at 10 p.m. He was discovered by another employee, that actually lives on the premises, when he returned just after midnight," said Det. Eric Crossen.

The coroner and police would not disclose how Clark was killed.

The LAPD said they are searching for a possible suspect or suspects and looking at surveillance video as the investigation is ongoing.

Friends and family of Clark started a GoFundMe to help cover funeral expenses. If you'd like to help, you can learn more here.
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