This photo depicts South Los Angeles resident Sandra Polanco breaking down at the sight of a homicide shrine near her home this weekend. "Again, again," she said. "These accursed streets." She did not know the victim. But Polanco lost her son, Giovanni Mancia, 16, to a homicide almost a year ago. As she spoke, she gripped a cellphone containing Giovanni's picture. The hand with which she held the phone was shaking. Seeing her reaction, her remaining son, Jesus, 6, put his arms around her.
The Times chronicles L.A. County
April 30, 2007 | 4:40 pm
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