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In Wake of Stabbing, Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti Calls For More Police In Hollywood

Eric Garcetti speaks at a Hollywood Walk of Fame dedication on January 25, 2013. (Photo Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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After a woman was fatally stabbed on Hollywood Boulevard, Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti has called for an increased police presence along the famous street.

Garcetti said Thursday, "These incidents may happen, but this one just... horrified all of us at our core and we will not let this stand,'' said Garcetti, whose City Council district includes the Hollywood & Highland Center where the murder of Christine Calderon occurred Tuesday night in full view of tourists and passersby.

"We're going to make sure there are police resources there, not just in the coming weeks, but for a longer period of time to reassure both locals and visitors," Garcetti said.

The three transients who've been charged in Calderon's murder are scheduled to be arraigned in downtown L.A. today. Dustin James Kinnear, 26, was charged with murder, while Jason Joel Wolstone, 33 and 34-year-old Brian Joseph Widdows was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact.

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The stabbing occurred around 8:10 p.m. Tuesday in front of the American Eagle Outfitters store near the Highland Avenue intersection. Calderon later died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Garcetti assumes office July 1.

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