Social Justice Advocate shot and killed during home invasion in L.A.

crime scene tape in front of room door with blurred background
crime scene tape in front of room door with blurred background

Michael Latt, a prominent Hollywood social justice advocate, was shot and killed in his Los Angeles home on Monday. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that the 33-year-old Latt was fatally shot by an intruder in his home, identified as a homeless woman, 36-year-old Jameelah Elena Michl.

Police responded to Latt’s home at around 6 p.m. Monday and he was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries. Michl remained at the scene after the alleged shooting, where she was arrested at the residence and booked on suspicion of murder; she is being held on a $3 million bond. It is unclear if she has retained an attorney.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Latt is the son of Hollywood producers David Latt and Michelle Satter, and his brother is a Creative Arts Agency agent. Latt was the CEO of Lead With Love, a marketing company dedicated to promoting artists of color. Its website states: “Michael Latt is an award winning strategist, producer and founder of Lead With Love 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 … 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.”

A post on Latt’s Instagram page read: “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.”

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