Even though many people who have seen “La La Land” enjoyed the singing and dancing in the Damien Chazelle film, Halyna Hutchins’ family said their opinions aren’t likely to change.
Hutchins, 28, was shot and killed last week on the film’s set in Moorpark, Calif., and a former Army sergeant has been charged with first-degree murder. Police said she was the only one shot, but a family member said a fatal gunshot wasn’t enough.
The other victim, Anh Nguyen, 30, was a friend of Hutchins’ in the film, but wasn’t present that night. The former sergeant, whose name wasn’t immediately released, allegedly had a dispute with his employer and opened fire on Hutchins and Nguyen.
Hutchins’ sister, Marissa Hutchins, said in a statement to KTLA that her sister worked for three years on the movie. But she doesn’t plan to see it after the shooting.
“I think it’s very disrespectful to the the ‘La La Land’ cast and crew. After the shooting, I saw other cast members talking and laughing, not paying much attention to the event. I’m quite sure it will be a difficult film for the cast and crew to watch,” she said.
“We don’t wish for the victims to be remembered for their own deaths, but for how they lived, and touched our lives,” Hutchins added.
In her statement, Hutchins also thanked the public for its thoughts and support.
“I would also like to thank our fans for their concern and sympathy, and for the support your friends and family have given us since the tragic shooting,” she said.
The Cochran Law Firm, which is representing Nguyen, a Los Angeles resident, said its client was innocent until proven guilty and demanded proof of the case against the ex-soldier.
Michael Guerra, the attorney who will represent the former sergeant, also said he wanted to see the rest of the evidence before making any comments.
The LAPD said the former sergeant was allegedly upset because he had been fired from his job last month. He was released from the Ventura County jail after posting $1 million bail.
Chazelle, the Oscar-winning director of “La La Land,” didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Production on the film ended before the shooting, and the shooting wasn’t a part of the film, Chazelle told KABC-TV on Tuesday.
“We are heartbroken, but as far as we know, there are no other victims in this incident and no other injuries,” Chazelle said.
The movie star Emma Stone, who plays a aspiring actress struggling to make it in Los Angeles, posted a message on Instagram, calling the slaying “senseless.”
“I cannot believe it. I’m in shock and having a hard time processing what happened,” she wrote. “He never should have had a gun, that was my personal opinion before but I think now as a mother it is so unforgivable. He needed to be able to show his fear by carrying a gun, not take it out on another human being, please keep Halyna and Anh in your thoughts and prayers.”
Fox News’ Michelle Lovagnino contributed to this report.