Friends gather on beach to mourn loss of ‘joyous soul’ Christy Giles, 24, as questions remain

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A memorial was held for murdered model Christy Giles in California on Saturday as people paid tribute to the 24-year-old who was found dead on the sidewalk in Los Angeles last week. 

Friends laid flowers on the beach and carved the sand in the shape of an art, as well as setting up shrubbery and arches to celebrate and mourn Giles. 

The body of Giles was dumped outside a hospital on Saturday evening. According to her husband, CCTV at the hospital showed three men in balaclavas driving a car without plates leaving her there. 

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Her cause of death has yet to be determined.  

Giles’ friend Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola, 26, was dumped outside a separate hospital, Kaiser Permanente in West LA, by the same men two hours later.

She ‘remains on life-support with no brain activity with little possibility of recovery,’ ABC 7 reported. 

A Memorial in Marina del Ray for murdered model Christy Giles

A Memorial in Marina del Ray for murdered model Christy Giles

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Giles was remembered with flowers and shrubbery

Giles was remembered with flowers and shrubbery

The flowers spelled out her name amid a heart carved into the sand at the beach

The flowers spelled out her name amid a heart carved into the sand at the beach

Giles was found dead in Culver City on Saturday night

Giles was found dead in Culver City on Saturday night

Giles’ husband, Jan Cillers, told ABC 7 that video captured his deceased wife being left by three men dressed in black and masked in bandanas driving a Prius without licenses plates. 

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Giles went out with two girlfriends, including Cabrales-Arzola Friday night while Cillers was visiting his father in San Francisco. 

The women went out to the SoHo House in downtown LA and then a nearby warehouse party.

One of the friends went home while Cabrales-Arzola, an interior designer who had just moved to Los Angeles from Mexico, stayed out with Giles after meeting a guy.  

Model Christy Giles, 24, was found dead on the sidewalk last week after three masked men dropped her lifeless body outside a hospital in LA

Model Christy Giles, 24, was found dead on the sidewalk last week after three masked men dropped her lifeless body outside a hospital in LA

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She was pronounced dead at Southern California Hospital in Culver City after her body was discovered

She was pronounced dead at Southern California Hospital in Culver City after her body was discovered

Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola was left by the same men outside a different hospital two hours later after Giles' body was dumped

Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola was left by the same men outside a different hospital two hours later after Giles’ body was dumped

The 26-year-old interior designer who had just moved to Los Angeles from Mexico currently remains on life support with no brain activity with little possibility of recovery

The 26-year-old interior designer who had just moved to Los Angeles from Mexico currently remains on life support with no brain activity with little possibility of recovery

Giles' husband Jan Cillers (right), was in San Francisco visiting his father when her lifeless body was discarded

Giles’ husband Jan Cillers (right), was in San Francisco visiting his father when her lifeless body was discarded

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Giles and Cabrales-Arzola were at SoHo when they left for a warehouse party. Giles husband said he traced her phone to an apartment complex before the women were dropped off at their respective hospitals

Giles and Cabrales-Arzola were at SoHo when they left for a warehouse party. Giles husband said he traced her phone to an apartment complex before the women were dropped off at their respective hospitals

The two women left the party in downtown LA with the men they met and ended up at an apartment building in West LA, the third friend said. Cillers assumes that the women were offered a ride to an after-party but never made it. 

He tracked Giles’ phone at 1:30 a.m. and shared her location as an apartment building at 8641 West Olympic Boulevard. He posted a photo of the address asking his social media followers: ‘Anyone know someone that lives here?’

Detectives have since been spotted at the apartment building, which has seven units. 

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Cillers claims to know the men who his wife and Cabrales-Arzola left with. He and Giles’ best friend, Sandy Evangelista Robinson, have reportedly been receiving messages from other women sharing other similar bad nights with the men. 

When he shared the names of the men on social media, one of their ex-girlfriends allegedly shared her story writing: ‘He’s a dangerous person, and I’ve been contacted by numerous women who’ve also experienced abuse from him.’

Robinson told KTLA, ‘I don’t know if we’ll ever get closure unless there’s justice against these men.’ 

A GoFundMe page claims that messages from women sharing similar stories have been pouring in since Saturday

A GoFundMe page claims that messages from women sharing similar stories have been pouring in since Saturday

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Cillers confirmed that both women were found with heroin in their system which he claims neither would willingly take. He also believes he knows the men the women were with

Cillers confirmed that both women were found with heroin in their system which he claims neither would willingly take. He also believes he knows the men the women were with 

The GoFundMe page created by Cillers and Carly Amos states: ‘Since Saturday we’ve all received a number of messages from other females who have eerily similar stories, except the only difference between them & Christy and Hilda, is they survived.’

Cillers’ Instagram page links to the GoFundMe urging: ‘Please help us raise the money we will nee to bring the criminal balls to justice that are responsible for [Chritsty’s] death.’ 

Cillers, who has accessed Giles’ text messages via iCloud, said: ‘I’ve got all the messages that she exchanged with anybody else that night and she was texting Marcela, the girl that she was with, at 5:30 saying let’s get out of here with the wide eye emoji.’

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To which he says Cabrales-Arzola replied: ‘Yes, I called an Uber. Ten minutes.’ 

He claims it does not appear that Giles checked any text messages beyond that point. Nearly 12 hours after either woman was heard from, their bodies were discarded. 

Giles' last known location before turning up at the hospital is being investigated by police

Giles’ last known location before turning up at the hospital is being investigated by police

Giles' family believe that she did not inject herself with heroin and suspect foul play

Giles’ family believe that she did not inject herself with heroin and suspect foul play

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He also confirmed to KTLA that heroin was found in his wife’s system along with her friend. 

Which he points to as foul play: ‘Marcela’s toxicology report came back, and I guess they found heroin in her system, which is nothing that either of those girls would ever do, not voluntarily.’ 

LAPD believe that it was a drug overdose that turned fatal but family and friends suspect foul play. At this point the case remains an undetermined death investigation. 

Tributes to the young woman have been pouring out on social media since news of Christy’s passing broke. 

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‘People share these amazing videos that they have with her, and it just brings back her energy, and I know I’ll never get to see her or kiss her or touch her again,’ Cillers told ABC. 

Christy’s mother Dusty, of Dora, Alabama, was the first family member to receive the shocking news of her death and had spoken to her just hours earlier.

She said her daughter grew up as a southern belle with a fierce independence, was scouted to play soccer for college teams but chose modeling instead, signing with Wilhelmina Models at age 14.

Dusty Giles (second from left) said she believes her daughter Christy Giles (far right) was drugged and murdered, in an interview with DailyMail.com. Pictured left to right: Christy's father, mom, and sister

Dusty Giles (second from left) said she believes her daughter Christy Giles (far right) was drugged and murdered, in an interview with DailyMail.com. Pictured left to right: Christy’s father, mom, and sister 

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Photos and video obtained by DailyMail.com shows Christy Giles, 24, (left) partying with friend Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola (right) just hours before she was found dead and Arzola was dumped at a hospital in critical condition

Photos and video obtained by DailyMail.com shows Christy Giles, 24, (left) partying with friend Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola (right) just hours before she was found dead and Arzola was dumped at a hospital in critical condition 

She described a vibrant woman who was down-to-earth and ‘brutally honest’ with her friends and family, and remained close and loving to her siblings and parents despite glamorous moves to London, Miami, and Los Angeles pursuing her modeling career.

Dusty told DailyMail.com that Arzola’s hospital toxicology reports showed trace amounts of cocaine and ‘molly’ or ecstasy in her blood, as well as larger amounts of heroin, but that the LA coroner had not yet reported Christy’s results.

She said that texts between the girls also suggested they were taking cocaine at a warehouse party in East LA late last Friday night, after stopping by an event at Soho House in West Hollywood.

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The grieving mom said she didn’t agree with her daughter’s recreational drug use but that Christy was always open and honest about it – and that her daughter was also adamant she would never take heroin, after seeing her close cousin become addicted and her close friend’s ex die of an overdose.

Dusty told DailyMail.com that her daughter (pictured with her husband and family) was open about her recreational drug use but believes she was subdued by men she had met while partying on Friday night

Dusty told DailyMail.com that her daughter (pictured with her husband and family) was open about her recreational drug use but believes she was subdued by men she had met while partying on Friday night 

Christy

Christy

The 24-year-old, pictured with her sister, grew up as a southern belle in Alabama, according to her mother

Dusty (pictured with her daughter) said the murky circumstances surrounding Christy's final hours led her to believe she may have been drugged and sexually assaulted

Dusty (pictured with her daughter) said the murky circumstances surrounding Christy’s final hours led her to believe she may have been drugged and sexually assaulted 

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The mother said Arzola – who had only recently moved to LA from Mexico – also despised heroin according to family and friends.

Dusty said she was unsurprised by the references to drug use.

‘My daughter by no means was an angel. She lived her life very unapologetically, and was brutally honest and truthful with her family, regardless if we agreed with it or not, because she knew that we loved her unconditionally,’ she said.

Dusty said her daughter was scouted by Wilhelmina Models age 14, and moved to LA age 18 – but still had 'strong family roots'

Dusty said her daughter was scouted by Wilhelmina Models age 14, and moved to LA age 18 – but still had ‘strong family roots’

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Model Christy Giles, 24, was found dead on the sidewalk on Saturday after three masked men dropped her lifeless body outside a hospital in LA

She was pronounced dead at Southern California Hospital in Culver City after her body was discovered

Christy was pronounced dead at Southern California Hospital in Culver City after her body was discovered outside on Saturday evening 

‘She would have no reason to lie. We actually spoke regarding [heroin]. My daughter said “Hell no, the heroin out here is laced with fentanyl, people are dropping like flies.”

‘Her ex-boyfriend got hooked on drugs while they were dating. He went out of rehab, she met him, and the next day he overdosed and died. My daughter said there is absolutely no way [she would take heroin].’

Dusty told DailyMail.com Wednesday that her daughter’s military police officer father taught them self defense and that Christy would have put up a fight in any struggle with an assailant if she were not drugged first.

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‘They actually know how to kill somebody with a ballpoint pen,’ she said. 

‘She would have fought like hell. The only way they would have kept my daughter is to sedate her.

‘For 10-12 hours, they did something to subdue my daughter. Why didn’t they call 911?’ 

The mother said the family are anxiously waiting for the coroner to report on any drugs in Christy’s system, and the results of a rape kit to check for sexual assault.

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The grieving mother said when the hospital told her on the phone that her daughter was dead she at first refused to believe it, trying desperately to find a mistake that would make the tragedy untrue.

‘It wasn’t real. I thought they had misidentified her. I asked them to let me FaceTime so that I could identify her body,’ she said.

Dusty, a 49-year-old nurse, told DailyMail.com that Christy did not have any visible bruises or scars according to hospital staff she spoke to.

The mother said when she spoke to Christy on Friday she seemed in good spirits.

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‘She was going to be coming home on the 22nd and staying through Christmas here in Alabama,’ the mom said. ‘She was staying for her husband’s birthday on the 21st. She wanted to make him banana bread.’

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com Giles’s husband Jan Cilliers, 41, revealed his wife as a beautiful soul.

‘She didn’t deserve any of this. She was such a bright light, a beautiful, joyous soul. The fact that somebody took that light and snuffed it out is just so, so wrong,’ he told DailyMail.com.   

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