Lover Arrested in Stabbing Death of WeHo Doctor

Sheriff's Deputies at scene of stabbing on  900 block of Palm Ave. (Photo by Jon Viscott)
Sheriff’s Deputies at scene of stabbing on 900 block of Palm Ave. (Photo by Jon Viscott)

UPDATE: Andre Damiane Davids, 36, has been booked at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station for the murder of his boyfriend, Dr. Kurtland Ma. Davids is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. Ma, 34, was found stabbed to death Saturday in his apartment at 939 Palm Ave.

Andre Davis, left, and Kurtland Ma
Andre Davids, left, and Kurtland Ma

Ma, an emergency medicine specialist who graduated from Yale University School of Medicine in 2008, moved to West Hollywood recently from New York City. He is a native of Scottsdale, AZ. He posted an announcement of his relationship with Davis on Facebook in September last year.

Deputies were called to the apartment occupied by Ma and Davis at 4:56 p.m. Saturday when someone reported suspicious activity, according to Crystal Hernandez of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau

“Upon their arrival, the deputies were informed that the individual who lived at the location may have killed his roommate and was thinking about killing himself. After no response in the apartment, the deputies forced entry and discovered the victim,” Hernandez said. Ma was on the kitchen floor with apparent stab wounds, she said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Deputies found Davids hiding in the bathroom. “The suspect appeared to have taken a large amount of pills and was transported to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation prior to booking,” Hernandez said.

This article includes information contributed by City News Service.


44 Comments
  1. I feel so bad and remember the family when they lived in Poughkeepsie, NY. Now Kurtland’s mother : Peggy says:” I got the wrong number!” . This affected everybody!

  2. A guy at my cousin’s workplace just last week fatally stabbed his boyfriend in the back. While reading details of the crime I stumbled upon Ma’s story which is one of the most horrific murders I have read about. Further, the 12 year prison sentence given to the murderer only makes matters worse. To kill and mutilate someone so viciously should have warranted a lifetime of inprisonment. However, it seems that crimes committed within gay relationships aren’t punished as heavily as those that occur among heterosexuals. Sadly, it’s a strange reality that relationships within that the gay community frequently become so violent when things go awry. When I was a club head there was typically 1 to 2 fights in or outside of the clubs the clubs in Chicago. Many venues stopped leasing space to predominantly Black LBGT promoters because of the chaos that would ensue after clubs let out. Kurtland was killed some years ago and now in 2016 I find out utterly mind blowing and depressing that the violence within the gay community, especially between parting lovers continues to grow.

  3. I knew Kurtland when he was a baby, my sister and iI would babysit Kurtland and his brother Wayland. I can remember Kurtland a newborn being taken care of by his grandmother, Wayland pointed out to my father and I ,”Kurtland, Kurtland introducing his new brother!” It just seems like yesterday around 34 years ago.
    :”

  4. Both families are dealing with alot. Andre is my best friends younger brother. My heart goes out to both families. This was indeed a horrible situation. And, to the guy who commented about drugs being the motive, get your facts in line before making ignorant comments. Not all African Americans that have problems are the result of drug use.

  5. Astengo from New York City,

    It breaks my heart to hear of this tragedy. Young and gone too soon. Why would anybody snap to the extent of death? Can we look into the core of the issue and not just see it as a gay relationship, doctor and such……Obviously this is the case where there was pain, suffering and unhappiness in the relationship. This goes to anyone reading and mourning about the tragedy, please go and seek help if you are in an abusive or violent relationship, this is the moment where you have to get the red flag and stay courageous. Kurtland, you will be missed, may your soul rest in peace, sleep well and love you forever. Andre may God be with you and guide and ask for forgiveness. Cleanse yourself from your sin and most important repent because this is sad and all the best.

  6. It is interesting to me that most everyone who is so appalled abut what happened or what is happening says nothing about the drugs that are so liberally distributed in this area. Come on folks, you cry about greedy landlords and an increase of violence in and out of relationships but fail to see the elephant in the room – DRUGS, METH and all sorts of BS Drugs. Many people there need a reality check and realize that no matter what your sexual habits are, the drugs don’t make it better, they eventually MAKE IT WORSE!!!!

  7. got to know Kurt many years ago but lost contact for a long long time. He was such a wonderful guy! I really can’t believe what happened to him!

  8. Very sad! I lived in the apt. right across from this stabbing incident. I moved away from that building in Feb. It used to be a nice, safe albeit overpriced building. A year ago the property management got greedy, and starting converting deluxe two bedroom units into cramped 3 bedrooms. That was the beginning of it all. They started letting 3 to 5 people in a unit. Mostly unemployed 20 somethings. They always seemed to be home, and partying. The building reeked of pot! It started getting very noisy. Patio furniture went missing. Cars were being broken into. People sleeping in the laundry room! About 6 months ago, the building changed owners again! The new and mysterious owners fired the on site manager. The building really went in the crapper after that. Trash always in the lobby never picked up. Elevators broken for weeks, sometimes months! The front door never closed, or locked. Homeless squatting in the gym! I used to walk to the nearby 24 Hour Fitness at 6am. Till one morning I was nearly mugged just walking out my front door. After that incident, I had had enough! I got the hell out of there! If you are even considering moving into 939 Palm! I’d think twice! So much for the new and improved West Hollywood! p.s: Just last night there was a fatal shooting in the same building!

  9. There is a major police operation going on at the same building tonight (Monday). Sketchy details, but several gunshots were heard. Police initially told all residents to stay inside. Many helicopters were hovering (typical), maybe a dozen squad cars, a couple ambulances, fire trucks, Palm sealed off between Cynthia and Holloway. At least one person taken away in an ambulance. Bystanders have very little other information. Can’t imagine it’s related, but frightening nonetheless. Hopefully more details tomorrow here.

  10. Andre Davids was the Building Manager at the Church of St Paul and St Andrew (United Methodist) in New York for many years. The person described here is not the Andre Davids we knew. Our senior pastor, K Karpen, who worked with Andre very closely, flew to LA yesterday after informing the congregation during Sunday services. Both he and our associate pastor, Siobhan Sargent, said they received texts from Andre that were disturbing. All of us here New York are praying for both these souls, the one that has gone to God and the one that remains so desperately troubled here on Earth.

  11. Poor guy. He had know idea that this will be the outcome. I read he just moved there lest than a week ago officially. Although I did not know Dr. Ma, I am sadden by his story. At least he tried his best to get out of this situation safely but it just was not his destiny.

  12. On that same night, I was a victim of physical abuse. My then boyfriend choked me again (third time he hurt me!) and I was touched by this story and decided to break it off with him. I was lucky enough to have escaped with just a scratch on my neck. Kurt’s story served as an inspiration to me. I will never allow myself to be mistreated like that. I have had many chances to inform the cops but I didn’t because I loved him. Let this be a lesson to all of us that violence is never the answer. Rest in peace Kurt.

  13. I was absolutely astonished when I found out about this today. I was just chatting with Kurtland on Friday night. KL was a great friend and an absolutely wonderful person, I still can’t believe he is gone. It is such a shame and my sincerest condolences go out to his family. He was extremely close with his family and loved them all. He had just gotten back from a three week vacation with them to Asia.
    I never met Andre (Andrew). He obviously became a very disturbed person. I cannot even contemplate anyone who knew KL wanting to hurt him, he was that special of a person. He and Andre obviously had something at one point, but KL had been having increasing doubts about him. It just sickens me that this has happened. Rest in peace my beloved KL!

  14. This is very sad two young people lost there life very young. I no Andre and this is not like him to do that he snaps something make him no that I no him all my life can’t believe this. My heart goes out to DR Ma family and Andre family so so sad

  15. A life taken too young, so tragic. He was already missed when leaving Arrowhead Hospital, Now gone forever. No words…no words… 🙁

  16. As a resident of the City of West Hollywood for almost three years and a resident of Los Angeles on and off for 8 years with relocation back east for 5 years I have seen the staggering statistics of Gay on Gay and Lesbian Domestic Violence cases on the rise and so much so that New York City and Boston and Philadelphia have set up agencies and task forces due to over a dozen deaths attributed to these types of domestic quarrels that have lead to murder.

    No longer is it a self-defense complaint but so many gay men have fallen victim and died before it was ever reported as domestic violence or cast aside as not an issue. The rise gay on gay attacks has risen over economic hardship, love triangles or caught having an affair, or jealousy of someone, or a dissolution of a relationship better phrased as someone threatening to break off a relationship. This could have been the very reason this person was murdered by his lover or the lover was confronted. Either way this is happening ever more frequently in West Hollywood.

    I have witnessed fights in the street, blood on faces during large events, during pride, Halloween, or club or block parties. I have avoided these since a gun went off in West Hollywood due to a straight dispute over a girlfriend or what I had to intervene for 2 people hitting each other. As a bystander I saw a drunk man have his head crack and spill into the street with an over aggressive bouncer. fist fighting, head smashing after drunken behavior has become violent, within the Gay and Lesbian community and has become even more notorious . Domestic abuse has become a gray area that no one in West Hollywood admits but this is one case out of dozens that only is in the news because of the deadly outcome. One who is a gay man or lesbian woman that has the same domestic issues, just there are other circumstances that engender these instances differently than with men on men due to crimes involving sexes that they are automatically separate. Sex and sexual orientation is blind to random gay attacks by other gays in groups to jealousy infighting to roommate attacks to boyfriend stabbings and murder.

    Lets not be naïve, we see it and nothing gets done, because a blind eye is what people conveniently want to have. West Hollywood clubs and sex end up with attacks and violence. Bars and Patrons need to observe this and friends and sheriffs need to prevent this when it is in personal circles. A doctor who helps people dies at the hands by a lover who literally stabbed him in the chest never mind the back.

  17. Kurt was one of my students at North Canyon High School. In 1997 Kurt was selected as a Presidential Scholar, and I had the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C. with his family and him. I now cherish that memory even more. I am devastated for both him and his family.

  18. I came across this article today. Even though I didn’t know these young men, this tragedy has affected me quite a lot. My heart goes out to the families of both these men. Kurtland’s life has been cut far short; the world has truly lost something special. My heart goes out to all the family and friends of Kurtland and Andre.

  19. Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
    The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
    When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
    Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

    Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
    Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
    Change and decay in all around I see—
    O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

    I need Thy presence every passing hour;
    What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
    Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
    Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

    I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
    Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
    Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
    I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

    Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
    Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
    Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
    In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

  20. I have been so sad ever since this happened. Andre is a close friend, and I never got the chance to meet Dr. Ma. My heart aches so incredibly for both families. My condolences to everyone. It is my hope that healing can come to everyone in some way.

  21. My thourghts are with the families and friends of both these young men. Such sadness and loss. Why, why, why must these terrible things happen?

  22. So shocked, saddened and heartbroken by this horrific tragedy. Kurtland was a phenomenal colleague and just an all around tremendous human being. His life was far too short on this earth. Rest in peace, buddy. You and your infectious smile will be missed!

  23. This is just heart-breaking. Having worked with him, I can say that we have lost an amazing young man. My heart breaks for the families of both of these men and for the people who have been denied ever knowing Kurt. My prayers go out for everyone who is touched by this tragedy.

  24. To my former student:
    Your brilliant mind and great spirit will be greatly missed. This tragic, wasteful loss breaks my heart.

  25. This is horrible just horrible my heart goes out to both family and friends of both these guys

  26. He was a incredible person with a addictive smile. He brought joy to everyone he came into contact with and will be truly missed..

  27. Sadness. Two young lives lost. Friends on the East Coast knew the doctor, who had wanted to end the relationship.

  28. How is saying they were in an intimate relationship and living together an indication of a possible motive?

    RIP and condolences to his family.

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