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LAPD Detective Nadine Hernandez who investigated Derrick Rose alleged rape case found dead

October 13, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
LAPD Detective Nadine Hernandez who investigated Derrick Rose alleged rape case found dead

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Los Angeles Police Department Detective Nadine Hernandez, who was investigating rape accusations against NBA star Derrick Rose, was discovered dead on Tuesday from an alleged suicide.

Law enforcement responded to a Whittier, California home, where they found Detective Nadine Hernandez with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest, which is currently believed to have been self-sustained.

The 44-year-old was rushed to a local hospital, where she was declared dead at approximately 3:30 pm, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A handgun was retrieved at the residence, and authorities announced that there are no signs of foul play in the woman’s death.

Hernandez, who was a part of the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division Special Assault Section, was one of two investigators appointed to the high-profile Derrick Rose case, according to the LA Times.

Last month, the woman wrote a letter, which was quoted in federal court, indicating that the department was conducting a probe into the sexual abuse accusations in connection with a rape complaint against the NBA player.

In her letter, which was submitted to the court by the plaintiff’s lawyer to convince the judge to omit her name out of Rose’s trial, the detective stated that the capacity to preserve the identities of rape victims who come forward is “an invaluable investigative aid to investigators.”

The day after her death, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald rejected the declaration of a mistrial after Rose’s attorneys attacked the plaintiff’s lawyers for neglecting to disclose “essential” texts to the defense team.

The 30-year-old alleged victim filed a $21.5 million lawsuit declaring that the New York Knicks player and two of his buddies raped her at her apartment while she was intoxicated back in 2013.

Rose’s accuser seemed shaken in court on Wednesday from the news of Hernandez’s suicide.

The 28-year-old suspect testified that the plaintiff was “awake and alert” when he and his friends took turns having sex with the woman.

She told the court that she was so drunk that she only remembers “flashes” of the rape.

Rose said that after a gathering at his home, the woman texted him a message that said: “You need to come see me right now.”

He further noted that the woman greeted him and his friends and told them they could have take turns having sex with her “one at a time.”

Hernandez served on the police force for close to twenty years. The L.A. times reported that she began in the LAPD’s media relations office before she was promoted to detective.

“We are heartbroken about the tragic death of Detective Nadine Hernandez, a 19-year veteran of the department. It is a loss that touches us all in the LAPD family,” the police department said in a statement.

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