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Wilshire Center-Koreatown delegate found dead, prompting police probe

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A delegate who served on the Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Council (WCKNC) was found dead at a train station near the Koreatown neighborhood in Los Angeles, and the police are investigating the case.

Claire Cannon, 48, was discovered collapsed at the Vermont/Sunset station in Koreatown on December 11. She was rushed to a nearby hospital but was later pronounced dead, according to the Eviction Defense Network (EDN), an LA-based nonprofit organization where Cannon was a member.

An Alabama native with a Korean-American mother, Cannon served as a Sub-District 2 Representative for the WCKNC and as a staff member at the EDN. EDN reported Cannon missing to the police on December 12, as she had been unaccounted for since December 8. It later learned of her death when the LA County Department of Examiner found a body that matched her description.

The WCKNC neighborhood council suspects that Cannon’s death might be linked to criminal activity, and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the coroner’s office are investigating the details of her death.

On the day she disappeared, Cannon was scheduled to depart from EDN’s downtown LA office to participate in a friendly basketball game at the North Hollywood Recreation Center, but never showed up.

Officials from both EDN and WCKNC described Cannon as a healthy, outgoing individual deeply dedicated to her work with low-income residents.

BY HOONSIK WOO     [woo.hoonsik@koreadaily.com]