Victim in deadly home invasion identified as Hollywood social activist

ByNadine El-Bawab ABCNews logo
Thursday, November 30, 2023

The man fatally shot by an intruder in his Los Angeles home on Monday night has been identified as Hollywood social activist Michael Latt.

Latt, 33, was the founder and CEO of Lead With Love, an organization that works to support "influential women and artists of color," according to his website.

A woman living in her car has been arrested for breaking into Latt's apartment and fatally shooting him with a semi-automatic handgun, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

The woman, 36-year-old Jameelah Elena Michl, has been charged with murder and burglary, the district attorney's office said.

Michl allegedly targeted Latt's home because she was stalking a woman who was friends with Latt, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón.

"Our beloved son Michael Latt fell victim to a tragic act of violence this week. Michael devoted his career to supporting artists, championing organizations that raised up artists of color, & leveraged storytelling for enduring change," Latt's mother, Michelle Satter, said in a statement on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

Satter is an executive with the Sundance Film Festival and in January is slated to be given the prestigious Academy Awards' Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award -- an honorary Oscar given to the likes of Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor. Michael J. Fox was most recently honored with the award.

When officers arrived on the scene they found a man shot by an intruder, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

LA Fire Department paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, according LA police.

Michl is being held on $3 million bail. Her vehicle, where she was living, law enforcement said, was booked into evidence.

"Our hearts ache for the loss of a passionate advocate who believed in the principles of justice and equity within our criminal legal system," Gascón said in a statement. "It is devastating to see a life cut short, especially one dedicated to fighting for a more just society. This tragedy serves as a stark reminder that the pursuit of justice is a collective responsibility that we must all share."

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