Los Angeles social justice group founder shot, killed by homeless woman who broke into his home

Latt was associated with rapper Common, along with Ilhan Omar, Stacey Adams and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, among others.

A homeless woman allegedly broke into the Los Angeles home of a 33-year-old social worker on Monday and shot him to death. The suspect, Jameelah Elena Michl, 36, was arrested on the scene. Michael Latt was taken to a hospital and later died of his injuries. Michl had reportedly been living in her car, and it's unclear if Michl and Latt were acquainted. 

Latt was a social justice advocate and founder of the group Lead with Love. The marketing consulting group had a mission to elevate black and minority entertainers in Hollywood. Latt was associated with rapper Common, along with Ilhan Omar, Stacey Adams and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.

Photo from michaellatt.com

His family spoke out after his death, saying "Our beloved son, brother, grandson, fiancé Michael Latt, fell victim to a tragic act of violence Monday night. Our family, Michael’s extraordinary friends and colleagues are shattered by the profound grief of losing our Michael."

"He devoted his career to supporting others, championing organizations that raised up women and artists of color, along with leveraging storytelling, art and various mediums to create enduring change and instill communities with hope, love and inspiration. Michael will never be forgotten and we can all carry on his legacy of love, compassion and fierce dedication to positive and lasting change."

"Michael Latt is an award winning strategist, producer and founder of Lead With Love," the website reads, "who has developed and led nationwide campaigns, impact initiatives and creative projects alongside influential artists, brands and organizations like Common, Ryan Coogler, Netflix, Emerson Collective, Sundance Film Festival, DGA, Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY, Frieze, UCLA, Barry Jenkins and more. His purpose-driven and innovative work has been recognized by press and institutions like his alma mater Chapman University where he was awarded Chapman’s annual Distinguished Alumni Award. Aligning his purpose and passion, Michael continues to dedicate his career to being of service, supporting influential women and artists of color and utilizing storytelling, art and more to spark lasting change and bring hope, love and inspiration to communities."

Michl was booked for murder, according to KTLA, and is being held on $3 million bail.
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