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A detective in the Los Angeles Police Department who was investing sexual assault charges against NBA superstar Derrick Rose was found dead of a gunshot wound recently.

Earlier today the Los Angeles County Coroner’s department identified the body of 44-year-old Nadine Hernandez. Hernandez was assigned to investigate the Rose case and was also a detective in the robbery-homicide division.

Whittier police received a call at 2: 45 p.m. Tuesday reporting an attempted suicide, Whittier Lt. Steve Dean said. Hernandez was taken to PIH Health Hospital, where she died at 3:27 p.m., according to Dean and the coroner’s department. It was unclear whether the death was a suicide or a homicide, Dean said. “We’re investigating it.”

Hernandez is the detective who wrote a letter stating that the criminal investigation against Rose is still active. She also tried to help Rose’s rape accuser remain anonymous in the letter, supporting the woman’s attorney, Brandon Anand, who filed a request asking U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald to reconsider a decision to have the woman identified during the civil trial.


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