A Los Angeles nurse who was brutally attacked while waiting at a bus stop near Union Station last week has died at the hospital where she served patients for 38 years.
Sandra Shells, 70, died Sunday from her wounds she sustained in Thursday's attack, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a press release.
She died at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, where she spent nearly four decades caring for patients.
"We are deeply saddened by this news," hospital officials said in a statement. "Sandra Shells will forever be remembered for her compassionate care and unsurpassed dedication to her patients and her community throughout her 38-year career at LAC + USC."
Shells was waiting at a bus stop next to Union Station on the corner of Vignes Street and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue on Jan. 13 when she was attacked around 6 p.m. 5:15, police said.
The suspect, whom police identified as a passing Kerry Bell, is said to have punched Shells in the face, causing her to fall and incur a skull fracture. She was subsequently taken to hospital.
"Bell beat the victim without provocation and without reason," the press release said.
Officers arrested Bell, 48, about 90 minutes later. He was found asleep a short distance from the incident and arrested.
A LAPD spokesman said Tuesday that Bell was charged with attempted murder and remains in jail, held on $ 2 million bail. No legal information for the suspect was immediately available.
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore called the incident "a tragic and senseless murder directly linked to the failure of this nation's mental health resources" Twitter.
"We can and must do better. This victim lived his life for others. We fall short. ”
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger has called for a full investigation into the assault.
Barger argued that essential workers need "safer and more stable environments," especially given their tedious working conditions in the midst of the pandemic.
"Our county has an urgent need to work with providers of public safety, mental health and transportation to create safer and more stable environments," Barger said. "Our major workers are fighting a pandemic and working long hours in harsh conditions - at least they deserve it."