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Arrests Made in Connection to Deaths of Model, Friend Left Outside Hospitals

Arrests have been made in connection to the deaths of a 24-year-old model and her 26-year-old friend, who were dropped off at different Los Angeles-area hospitals last month after a night , the FBI confirmed Wednesday.

The LAPD had been investigating claims from the family of Christy Giles that the model and her interior designer friend Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola were drugged during a night of partying in Los Angles on Nov. 12.

The next morning, Giles’ body was dropped off at a hospital in Culver City and Cabrales-Arzola was left unconscious outside Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles hospital, police said. Giles did not survive and police called her manner of death undetermined. Cabrales-Arzola was declared brain dead and died on Nov. 28 at the age of 26, according to the LA County Coroner’s online database. 

No details were made about the arrests.

Giles’ husband, Jan Cilliers, told NBC4 that his wife lived life to the fullest, and she had been out doing just that with her friend Marcela, party-hopping around LA’s night scene.

Cilliers said he was told by another friend who was with them the night they were drugged, that the woman linked up with a group of men to go to an after party.

“We assume that the way the girls got in the car with them was that they were all going to go to the after party, that everyone wanted to go to together,” Cilliers posited. “And they never ended up making it there.”

He said he and his wife shared locations on their phones for safety. The morning after her night out, he checked for her location and it was pinned at the ER in Culver City where she died.

Cabrales-Arzola moved to LA from Mexico earlier this year after taking a job as interior designer, E! News reports. Her family traveled to the U.S. to be by her side while she was hospitalized. Cabrales-Arzola’s father shared the family decided to take her off life support once she was declared brain dead, and that her organs would be donated, according to E!.

“We’re all devastated but grateful that God let us have her with us for almost 27 years and allowed us to come here and say goodbye to her,” Luis Cabrales Rivera said. “I’m grateful that with her last breath she will be able to give life to others and that she will live on in the heart, eyes, lungs, of someone else.”

Cabrales-Arzola was days shy of turning 27 when she passed.


Source: NBC Los Angeles

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