On Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, The Times launched a new version of the Homicide Report. You have arrived at the old blog.
Readers can no longer post new comments on this site, but we encourage you to join the conversation on our new site. The updated Homicide Report features an interactive map and searchable database of the more than 2,600 homicides in L.A. County since January 2007, when Times' reporter Jill Leovy first started this blog with the goal of covering each one.
Comments prior to Jan. 26 will, at least for now, remain archived here, with links provided in the new database.
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-- Megan Garvey and Anthony Pesce
February 15, 2007 | 2:15
View the most recent homicide map by clicking here, courtesy of USC professor Michael Quick
(Tan markers indicate homicides from the last week. Click on each marker for details on individual cases. Some computers may take a long time to load this map. Wait, and scroll down if you get a blank screen.)
Homicides year after year are concentrated in the same areas of Los Angeles. The neighborhoods south of the 10 Freeway and east and west of the Harbor Freeway have long suffered disproportionately from homicide. But there are some trends. A dozen years ago, Westlake, just east of downtown Los Angeles, used to have more homicides than any other place in the city, as bodies piled up from gang wars around MacArthur Park. Now, as the map shows, Central Los Angeles has very few homicides. Today, Athens and Florence are particular hot spots. For an account of where this map comes from, click here.