Nadine Hernandez, an LAPD detective assigned to the gang-rape case against NBA star Derrick Rose and two of his friends, was found dead of a gunshot wound in a relative’s Whittier, Calif., home Tuesday.
“At this time there are no signs of foul play, and this incident is being investigated as a suicide,” Whittier police said in a Wednesday statement. “However, this is an ongoing investigation.”
At 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, police received a call regarding an attempted suicide and at 3:27 p.m., Hernandez was pronounced dead at the PIH Health Hospital.
The 44-year-old Hernandez, who was one of two detectives assigned to the case, was in the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division Special Assault Section and was frequently assigned to high-profile sex-crime cases.
Hernandez’s involvement in the case against Rose and his friends, which holds that the former Chicago Bulls star and his two friends took turns having sex with his ex-girlfriend while she was drugged, reached the media forefront after she wrote a letter to U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald arguing that the alleged victim should be allowed to conceal her identity.