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Johnny Wactor’s ex-fiancee speaks out after the actor’s death in Los Angeles

The family confirmed that the man shot while trying to steal a catalytic converter in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday has been identified as actor Johnny Wactor.

The family confirmed that the man shot while trying to steal a catalytic converter in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday has been identified as actor Johnny Wactor.

(NewsNation) – After “General Hospital” actor Johnny Wactor was shot and killed by three suspects who tried to steal his catalytic converter over the weekend, his ex-fiancee Tessa Farrell released a video expressing devastation and calling for change.

“If you’re watching this, I’m sorry but you shot the wrong guy,” Farrell said in an Instagram video. “You can get a real job. … It’s hard, but we’re all in this together. You don’t have to steal, you know? Especially if you dedicate your life to it.


Farrell then stated that it is sad that crime in Los Angeles has reached this point and that laws are needed to prevent such events from happening in the future.

“These criminals cannot continue to be on the street, cannot be turned away and not face consequences for their actions,” Farrell said.

Los Angeles County implemented a zero-bail policy last year, saying cash bail discriminates against minorities and the poor. This policy allows for the arraignment and release of certain suspects charged with non-violent or minor crimes when they may have previously been on bail.

NewsNation’s local affiliate, KTLA, reports that investigators believe Wactor finished his bartending shift early Saturday and was walking to his vehicle when he encountered three suspects who had jacked up the car and one of them opened fire on him. All three were wearing dark clothes.

No arrests had been made as of Tuesday afternoon. Anyone with information can call the Los Angeles Police Department at 213-996-4142 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Wactor, KTLA wrote, appeared in 164 episodes of the popular soap opera “General Hospital” from 2020 to 2022, and also appeared on “Westworld” and “Criminal Minds.”

Calling Wactor a “bright soul,” Farrell said in her Instagram video that Wactor “loved everyone very much.”

“He was so selfless,” she said. “He will forever be a huge part of my journey as a human being.”

Los Angeles crime statistics

Although violent crimes such as murders, rapes and assaults have declined over the past few months, both violent and property crimes continue to rise in Los Angeles County.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, homicides were down 17% in 2023 compared to 2022. However, property crime was up 3.5% from the previous year, and thefts citywide, including retail thefts, increased by 16%, KTLA reports. Additionally, officials reported 137 flash mob attacks across the city in 2023.

Local NewsNation affiliate KTLA contributed to this report.