Ali Syed's first victim, Courtney Aoki, was allegedly pregnant at the time of death
Close friends reveal information of Aoki's alias, pregnancy, stripping and escorting services
Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Updated: Sunday, February 24, 2013 17:02
UPDATE (10:50 a.m.): Information was found of a profile on an escort websites that appears to have belonged to Ms. Aoki. The advertisement said, "I'm a very classy and discrete private dancer" who was available in the Orange County and Los Angeles County areas.
UPDATE (Fri. Feb. 22, 9:47 a.m.): Due to the sensitive nature surrounding parts of this story, the Lariat has changed some of the explicit wording that was present in the original story. The content and facts from this story remain unchanged. However, some of the language has been changed out of respect to the friends and family of the victim in this case who tragically lost her life.
(Thu. Feb. 21, 11:55 p.m.) Courtney Aoki was allegedly two months pregnant the morning of her murder, according to 23-year-old Danni Wood of Long Beach, Calif.
Saddleback student, Ali Syed, 20, went on a shooting rampage in Orange County Tuesday morning according to police officials. Aoki was Syed's first victim according to police.
Friends said they were shocked to hear about the death of their close friend.
"Baby sister was everything to me," Wood said. "I could talk to her about everything."
Wood refers to herself not just as a close friend but as a "big sister."
According to authorities there were rumors of Aoki being a stripper. Aoki's 22-year-old ex-boyfriend Roger Azevedo, a resident of Eatonton, Ga., and Wood confirmed that she stripped and also offered erotic services for clientele.
Azevedo and Wood told the Lariat that they told her multiple times that she didn't need to continue these services saying she was outgoing and very loving.
Wood said that she had never heard of Syed, or knew his name prior to the incident. Azevedo had no recollection of Syed either.
“I loved her to death,” Azevedo said. “I was planning on moving [back to Calif.] to be with her.”
In an interview with the Lariat, Wood revealed that although she didn’t agree with how Aoki made her money, she still supported her.
“[Her boyfriend] Dave [Gutierrez] and I would serve as her driver and bodyguard during some of her sessions to protect her,” Wood said, crossing her arms like she would while standing outside the door during Aoki’s sessions.
Not only did Aoki use “Kitty Kitanna” as her exotic name, it was also her alias on Facebook and YouTube account.
“If you look at her, her face looks like a little kitty cat,” Wood continued. “Kitana was her favorite sword that I own.”
After playing with the sword, the nickname was formed between the “sisters.”
In 2007, before Wood left for college, she and Aoki began a blood pact. “I cut my hand. She cut hers and with blood we shook on it,” Wood continued. “That is when I adopted her as my baby sister.“
Along with the two sisters, the blood pact of seven people in total identified themselves as wiccans.
Through the vibe Wood claims that wiccans have with their pact, Wood said she knew something was wrong the morning of Aoki's murder.
“I was supposed to be her bodyguard that night,” Wood said as she made a gun gesture towards her head. “If I was with her I would have been killed too.”
Contrary to other reports that Aoki did not live with her mother, Wood and close friend of Aoki, Stacie Klondyke, 19, Fullerton, Calif., both insist that she did in fact live with her mother.
“I don’t understand why her mother said she didn’t live with her,” Wood said. “Every time I called my baby sister she would say she was home with her mom and I would tell her to say ‘hi’ to her mom for me.”
Klondyke also stated that when she would call Aoki, she said that she would be home with her mother.