Michael Latt, a Hollywood marketing executive who worked on social justice campaigns, was killed in Los Angeles when a woman broke into his home and shot him on Monday evening.
Patrol officers responded to a call that a “shooting just occurred” in the 900 block of Alandele Avenue, in the Miracle Mile neighborhood, around 6 p.m. on Nov. 27, the LAPD said in a news release.
When officers arrived, “they discovered the resident of the home had been shot by an intruder.” Latt, 33, was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
He was the CEO of Lead With Love, a non-profit organization that spearheads social awareness initiatives for influential artists, brands and companies. His clients included Common, Barry Jenkins, Netflix, Ava DuVernay’s Array, and the Sundance Film Festival, according to the organization’s website.
A 2019 profile in Forbes magazine said Latt worked on the marketing campaign for Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut, Fruitvale Station (2013), about the police killing of Oscar Grant in Oakland.
“Working on Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station opened my eyes up to how prevalent and insidious White supremacy is in our country and also showed me the potent power of storytelling to change hearts and minds,” Latt told the publication.
Latt was a Los Angeles native and grew up in an Hollywood family. He was the son of movie producer David Latt and Michelle Satter, a director at the Sundance Institute. Satter paid tribute to Latt on social media.
“Our beloved son Michael Latt fell victim to a tragic act of violence this week,” she wrote on X/Twitter. “Michael devoted his career to supporting artists, championing organizations that raised up artists of color, & leveraged storytelling for enduring change. We celebrate his legacy, love & compassion.”
Our beloved son Michael Latt fell victim to a tragic act of violence this week. Michael devoted his career to supporting artists, championing organizations that raised up artists of color, & leveraged storytelling for enduring change. We celebrate his legacy, love & compassion. pic.twitter.com/AlhuNNBWXZ
— Michelle Satter (@SundanceSatter) November 29, 2023
According to the LAPD, the suspect in the shooting remained at the location and was taken into custody. The individual was identified as 36-year-old Jameelah Elena Michl, who lived in her car, police said. The vehicle was parked nearby and booked into evidence.
Prosecutors charged Michl on Wednesday with murder and burglary, with a firearm enhancement. She is being held on $3 million bail.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office later said the suspect allegedly killed Latt “after she targeted him for being friends with a woman she had been stalking.”
KNBC-TV reported the crime may be connected to the film A Thousand And One, directed by Latt’s friend A.V. Rockwell. The station obtained court records that showed Rockwell got a restraining order against Michl, who was allegedly stalking the director and was an extra on her film.
When Rockwell didn’t engage in a personal relationship with Michl, she threatened to kill herself.
In January, Latt posted a picture with Rockwell on Instagram, congratulating the filmmaker on the success of the movie.