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Fountain Theatre Director & Producer Murdered in K-Town

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In what appears to be a robbery turned deadly, the theatre community this weekend mourned the loss of award winning director and producer, Ben Bradley, of the Fountain Theatre. He was stabbed to death around 5:50 p.m. on Saturday evening in his Koreatown apartment on the 100 block of South New Hampshire, some two miles from the theatre in East Hollywood where he greeted audiences while also managing the box office, among working other various roles. At this point, police are working off few clues. "We have very little to go on," said Officer Karen Rayner to the LA Times. "We are asking for the public's help."

Bradley's body was discovered after he did not show for a rehearsal. He was directing "The Ballad of Emmett Till," scheduled to open in February, about "the Chicago youth who was savagely beaten to death by Southern whites in 1955," reported The Wrap, which noted the crime's "cruelly ironic twist" because Bradley was African American. After a long meeting Sunday, theatre officials decided to continue with the play in honor of him, said the Times.