A homeless man is accused of killing a nurse in an emergency room in Los Angeles

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A homeless man was charged Tuesday with the murder of a Los Angeles emergency room nurse who was attacked last week near the city’s Union Station.

Sandra Shells, 70, fractured her skull in Thursday’s attack, and police said they found 48-year-old suspect Kerry Bell not far from the scene.

“Sandra Shells has selflessly devoted her life to caring for others in their time of need,” George Gascon, the city’s attorney general, said in a press release. “The loss of such a valuable member of our community is tragic, and my office will hold the person responsible for her death accountable.”

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People wait in line to get a COVID-19 test at Union Station on Monday, December 27, 2021 (Myung Jae Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
(Myung Jae Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The statement added that the attack occurred at a bus stop shortly after 5 a.m., as Shels was on her way to work at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. FOX 11 in Los Angeles reported that Belle hit the shells so hard that she fell backwards and hit her head on the ground.

Shells was taken to the hospital where she worked and she died three days later.

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department were seen handing a flower arrangement to Los Angeles County Medical Center staff at the University of Southern California in memory of Sandra Shells, according to Los Angeles Police Captain Elaine Morales.

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department were seen handing a flower arrangement to Los Angeles County Medical Center staff at the University of Southern California in memory of Sandra Shells, according to Los Angeles Police Captain Elaine Morales.
(Los Angeles Police)

Los Angeles nurse dies after attack near Union Station: reports

In the wake of the attack, Metro officials pledged to improve safety in the transportation system.

Hilda Solis, the Los Angeles County Superintendent, called for an enhanced safety plan for subway riders and employees, “so we can prevent such tragic accidents from happening again.”

Meanwhile, county superintendent Catherine Barger, who is also a board member of the county urban transportation authority, urged the county to work with public safety, mental health and transportation providers to create a safer environment.

“Our essential workers are fighting the pandemic and working long hours in difficult conditions – at least they deserve it,” Barger added.

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The hospital mentions Chiles as a tireless worker who will always be remembered as a ‘compassionate, compassionate, and giving nurse’.

Authorities said the case is still under investigation.

Edmond Demarche of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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