Brandon Woodard

When Brandon Lincoln Woodard, 31, of Los Angeles, was shot dead on a busy Manhattan street Monday, investigators almost immediately suspected the murder was drug connected. The NY Daily News reports that LAPD officers confiscated “tens of thousands” of dollars in cash that Woodard was carrying last week. Woodard reportedly flew to New York from his home in Los Angeles to explain the missing cash to his angry drug bosses.

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Brandon Woodard

Police say someone sent a text message to Brandon Lincoln Woodard, 31, luring him out of the safety of his swanky midtown hotel — and into the path of a killer.

Surveillance video shows the killer emerging from the passenger side of a silver Lincoln MKZ sedan parked on West 58th Street. But he was about 20 minutes early.

Woodard, of Los Angeles, checked out of the swanky 6 Columbus Hotel in midtown and walked east — right past the man who was waiting to kill him. Police theorize that the assassin allowed Woodard to pass because foot traffic was heavy at the time.

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