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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.

If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail homicidereport@latimes.com, and we will do our best to respond.

-- Megan Garvey and Anthony Pesce



A note to our readers ...

November 13, 2008 |  9:37 am

The Homicide Report is going on a hiatus.

We hope to resume chronicling L.A. County's homicide victims soon.


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Comments (223)

Please continue with this blog as a way to chronicle the violent acts of los angeles. an important census for all citizens to be aware of, and hopefully for the people in charge to see that improvement is needed in particular parts of the city, and it would benefit all if the city could assist those portion of citizens.
I wouldn't use the phrase "Hope to be reporting homicides" in my away message. We would hope there weren't any to report and is the saddest way to have life lost. Let's not be too eager to report on this grim side of megapolitan life. Be proud in the work you are doing though to keep people informed.

This is the only thing that I enjoyed reading in the LA Times. It is unfair of you to discontinue these blogs.

the L.A. times are going down the tube along with the new york times for their liberal leftist bias. This is just the beginning the end for them. Everyone cancel your subscriptions. Doubt this post will stay up long if up at all.LOL

BRING BACK JILL LEOVY!!!!!!

Hey, I'm going to miss this blog alot. I am one of the faithful readers who is always intrigued at the numbers of senseless murders in L.A. county. I hope you won't stay away too long. I noticed in the past several months, the blog was less informative, but I still thought it was necessary. I would love for the original journalist who investigated and reported the various murders to return. She was awsome!!! She would go into the community and interview the family and give an accurate account of the person who had been killed. That is what journalism is about - telling both sides of the story. Please come back soon.

There has to be some way to contiunue the Homicide Blog. This blog is many things, a shoulder to cry on for some, a way to express condolences to loved ones and for loved ones to say thank you. Sometimes you run across somebody from your past. You might have been a witness or have knowledge of a crime that you didn't realize was a crime or something of importance until you see the story on here. This blog is like a resource. If you need help to keep this blog going ask for it. I'm sure you will receive plenty of offers. Don't let us down LA Times.

THIS WAS AN ABSOLUTE BLOW TO SEE THAT HOMICIDE BLOG WAS BEING DISCONTINUED. IT WAS A VERY INFORMITIVE SECTION THAT NOT ONLY KEPT OUR COMMUNITIES UPDATED ON VARIOUS HOMICIDES BUT ALLOWED US ALL TO SHARE OUR VEIWS, GIVE SOME INPUT, AND OPINIONS AS WELL BROUGHT SOME FAMILIES AND FRIENDS TOGETHER IN FINDING OUT ABOUT THESE DEATHS. IT'S SAD WHEN SOMETHING AS POSITIVE AS THE BLOG TO OUR INNER CITY COMMUNITIES ARE TAKEN AWAY BUT WE STILL FIND THE POSTINGS OF THE BLOGS ON FOOD, ENTERTAINMENTS, ECT, ECT IT SHOWS THAT THINGS ARE VERY MUCH STEREO TYPED TOWARD OUR COMMUNITIES / SOCIETIES AS IF THE TRUTH SHOULD NOT BE TOLD OR SPOKE OF ON WHATS REAL OUT THERE AND GOING ON, YOU FEEL ME. IF IT WAS EDITORIAL TROUBLES IT'S STILL TERRIBLE BECAUSE THIS EFFECTS US ALL WHO HAVE SHARED IN THE BLOG HOMICIDE FOR SO LONG. LET'S ALL HOPE, WAIT, AND SEE IF IN FACT IT DOES RETURN AS INDICATED IF NOT WITHIN THE NEXT 2 MOS WE THAT HAVE ALL PARTICIPATED ON THE BLOG CAN BEGAN TO WRITE LETTERS TO LA TIMES IN PROTEST AGAINST THIS DECISION TO HAVE THE HOMICIDE BLOG REMOVED. BY MY READINGS IN THE LAST YEAR-HALF AND THE NUMEROUS OTHERS THERE ARE PLENTY ENOUGH OF US OUT HERE TO STAND UP, PROTEST FOR WHAT'S OUR, A PERSONAL FORUM AND CRY OUT TO THE EDITORS TO HAVE THIS BLOG PLACED BACK FOR OUR COMMUNITIES SAKE.

WE CAN ALL TELL BUSH THANK YOU ON HIS WAY OUT THE DOOR FOR AGAIN TAKING SOMETHING AWAY FROM OUR COMMUNITIES IN POVERTY BECAUSE IT'S NOT AFFECTING HIM LIKE THE WAR ISN'T EITHER. THESE CUT BACKS, OUR ECONOMY, FAMILIES BEING PUT OUT ON THE STREETS BECAUSE OF FORECLOSURES ARE ABSOLUTELY HORENDOUS ON TOP OF THE SNAKE ARNOLD SWAT----A----NO TALK HAVE THE NERVE TO WANT TO RAISE OUR TAXES 10.5% KNOWING WE CAN'T AFFORD THAT HIKE. THIS BLOG WAS SOMETHING THAT ALOT OF US TURNED TO, TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON IN OUR COMMUNITIES, POSSIBLE RESOURCES TO TURN TO IN ORDER TO STOP THESE CRIMES. ALOT OF PEOPLE HERE HAD ALOT OF INPUT THEY WERE GIVING TO ONE ANOTHER EVN THE SOME GANGS MEMBERS SPOKE ON REMORSE OF WHAT THESE MURDERS WAS DOING TO OUR COMMUNITIES, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS. THE IMPACT IT HAS GIVEN TO SO MANY AND NOW TAKEN AWAY IS TERRIBLE. WE ALL HOPE THAT YOU WILL RETURN JILL LEVIN HAS TAKEN OUT ALOT OF TIME AND EFFORTS BY BEING IMFORMATIVE AND NOW IT'S ALL GONE AND FOR WHAT. WE THE READERS HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW THE REAL, OF WHAT'S GOING ON, ARE YOU REALLY GOING TO RETURN BACK AND WHEN SINC WE ARE ALL LOYAL READERS THAT ARE ALSO THE REASON FOR THIS PARTICULAR BLOG BEING AROUND BY OUR INPUTS.

THE BLOGS..........GET RID OF ENTERTAINMENT YOU CAN BUY A CD FOR $5.00 BEFORE IT HITS THE THEATERS, THE ENVIORMENT HAS ALMOST BURNT DOWN TO THAT OUT, FASHOIN TAKE THAT AWAY PEOPLE DRESS HOW THEY WANT TO, WE ALL KNOW WE NEED FOOD TO SURVIVE TAKE THAT BLOG OUT OBAMA MADE HISTORY WE KNOW THIS TAKE THAT BLOG AWAY, ATHELETE GONE TO JAIL FOR DOG FIGHTS, ELEPHANT NEEDS TO BE FREE WE KNOW THAT TAKE THAT BLOG OUT, THE WORLD IT'S COLASPING THANK BUSH ON HIS WAY OUT OF OFFICE FOR THAT....BUT DON'T DO THIS TO HOMICIDE WE NEED THIS INFORMATION FOR OUR COMMUNITIES, THE PEOPLE OF POVERTY......LA TIMES GET IT TOGETHER

The main reason I visit the LA Times website daily is the Homicide Report. The report should not "go on hiatus" but become part of the printed paper. I will completely boycott the LA Times website and stop my daily purchase of a printed LA times paper until the HR Report returns.

What a shame. This is the best blog in the L.A. Times. Easily the most important. This is exactly the type of news this city needs to hear about every day. Until everyone gets serious and angry about gun violence it will continue unabated. The NRA gun whackos have had their way in the congress and legislature forever and the public pays the price. We're no better than the third world. The corporate news L.A. Times predictably caves in to the purveyors of gun violence, the NRA and the gun industry. The public loses again. Whose side are you on anyway?

I guess the Homicide Report doesn't join the lock-step march of the liberals who would like to present Los Angeles as a bastion of peace and light. But sweeping the dirt under the rug does nothing to solve the problem and soul sickness that stalks our society. Not reporting the carnage in our streets is more than irresponsible- it places your readers in the dark and IN DANGER. Thanks a lot.

I was so impressed when the Homicide Report blog began, and I thought the LA Times was so smart to leverage something people couldn't get anywhere else - a perfect example of how the paper could excel online where a blog was the best way to inform. I followed it closely, even when it was painful to do so. That after all was the point. . A few years ago a delivery driver for the LA Times was murdered and it wasn't even reported in the paper. The blog provided a great public service. When Jill Leovy announced she was taking leave from writing it, I sent her an email to thank her for the great work she had done. That's how much it meant to me, and judging by other comments here, to many in Los Angeles.

I live in the DMV area and I check this site every day. I wish The Washington Post had something like this; I truly thought you guys cared. I placed it in my favorite file. I happened upon the homicide report when my now son-in-law (who's from L.A.) lost a few male family members to gang violence just a few months apart. And I've been reading it ever sense. This report was the only reason I ever came to this site. I really would like for it to continue. However; if it is put on HIATUS (translation) DISCONTINUED. I will discontinue coming to the site, I'll check in every once in a while to see if it's is reinstated. I do agree the site was starting to slack off on the updating and correct information. I'm truly disappointed.

It wasn't due to mistakes being made. They've been laying off reporters right and left. They don't have the manpower to maintain this report. They won't have the manpower for a lot of things in the future. I'm sure you'll find even fewer murders covered in this newspaper in the coming months.

I'll CANCEL my subscription if you...(fill in the blank)!

This is really sad, who else will report on these stories and keep us informed.

This is one of my favorite sections. I really wish to see it restored in full. I think it is important for people to get a good idea on who and where the worst crime is taking place.

Hiatus??!
Bring back the Homicide Report! This is the only thing in the LA times worth reading! Of course, I'm sure you have plenty of resources for reporting on the latest with Britney, Paris, Lindsay, et al. What a disgrace to journalism the LA times is becoming.
How can we ever expect to reduce violence in our city if we continually ignore the problem? Why is there no outrage that the press virtually ignores the violence in LA (unless somehow a celebrity is involved)? More people have been murdered in LA in the last several months than US soldiers have been killed in Iraq in the same time period, but how much more do we hear about bringing the troops home from a war that is effectively over than we do about stopping the killing in our own neighborhoods?

What if we the people that live in this city keep it going reporting homicides we know about. There can be a moderater or someone who appoves blogs or comments placed. I am sure the newpaper can benifit from it getting stories they otherwise could not it would not cost them more than maybe the moderator.....It just feels bad to know that a persons death now once again becomes a number without a name or face.....

Wow, this is devastating news. I would check this site on a daily basis and the only reason I would look through other parts of the LA Times. I've told all my friends, family and coworkers about it. I've prayed for families who have lost victims even though I don't know them. Please assign someone to this. DO NOT let it die. We need to know what's happening in our community. Please bring it back!

Good Job LA Times. Enjoy circling the toilet!

Very sad to see it go......Kept all of us informed

I hope the chronicling of Los Angeles County's homicide victims resume. This blog informs its readers about the horrific lost of life especially among inner-city residents. Someone needs to remind us all of the realities of these senseless murders that plague Los Angeles County too often. This blog should not be something read and enjoyed. Rather, it should be a call for action!

Please don't discontinue the site

I'm going through the Homicide Report withdrawal syndrome

I'm Sorry to hear the Homicide Report is being stopped.

This was a great blog, really kept me updated. It was also the only thing worth reading on the LA Times website. Like it has been said, I'll check back occasionally to see if its back up, but I don't expect it for a long time or ever. Really, online material like this is the future for the newspapers. I understand budget cuts and having to make tough choices, but I think it was the wrong call on this one.

Again, great blog when it ran, particularly when it was updated daily or several times a day. This was journalism at its finest, hats of to all who reported here. Sad to see things like this go away when there is so much trash that is reported as news and so much garbage who are called reporters.

Sincerely yours,
N. Castellano

dang.im going to miss the blog.not only the info,but the bloggers that put their wise thoughts on line.me myself like many others have had to read and comment on homicides that hit very close to home,with family ,friends and /love ones being victims.the sad thing is the blog really pin points the areas that these c rimes happen on a regular basis and the chief is more concerned with policing his office within the ranks,and making ticket quotas.but reality is we all must want change.no matter your race,religion or creed ther is some good in us all.so say hello to one another...GODBLESS U ALL>>>>>>>

I love this blog. It inspired me to become...a crime reporter. Now I see how brilliant and novel this concept is: reporting on crime as it actually happens instead of just focusing on the most sensational angle? I loved when Leovy would go back and visit a victim over and over to show the way a murder affects someone over time. I love that the posts were brief and short and yet all together, you came away with a deeper sense of what happens in the county. I loved that the comments section became a community forum.

Ah, and we all find ourselves here again: a caring community coming together to mourn something taken from us too soon.

Here's to a blog that did more than catch eyeballs!

This is terrible news. The homicide report can't be discontinued! This is information we need to help better our communities. Many cases are solved due to people calling in and offering tips to help police find these criminals. Please, LA Times, please continue this section for our communities!

Please bring back this life saving service ........ NO Excuse is good enough.....

It's a shame that the best homicide coverage in the nation had to go on a hatius.

Please keep the Homicide report. Ever since I found out about it Have been hooked!

Wow. I didn't realize it was going away. Please bring it back. PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!

That blog was the only reason I visited your website!

Goodbye, LA Times. I hope whoever buys you at your chapter 11 sale actually cares about the news.

INSTEAD OF WRITTING IN THIS BLOG WE SHOULD EMAIL SOMEONE IN CORP. OR SOMEONE THAT CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BLOG.... LA TIMES YOUR READERS ARE TALKING i AM SURE THAT IF ENOUGH EMAILS GET SENT TO THE RIGHT PERSON SOMEONE HAS TO HEAR US

two boys eight and ten whee killed by there father and the mother shot in the silver lake area the father later turned the gun on himself who collasped dead. and the la times has the nerve to cut the homicide blogs off are you crazy when there is so much vital information out there that needs to be known by your readers. this is absolutely not fair nad we all need to stand up for our communities and this blog for what is right to us people. if the section is going to be cut out then guess what each and everyone of us has the right to post our own blog of murders that have gone on in our communities for all to read post a comment even give confidential info of suspects, this may also begin a change in our communities to stop the violence "how about it people" let's do this. become our own anonomous reporters.


darn, i'm really bummed that this is on hiatus. I covered a homicide for my school newspaper this evening and was hoping to find it covered here!

This "hiatus" of the Homicide Report is short-sighted, and a serious mistake. it was a "pure play" journalism feature. By that I mean it was a classic unvarnished "who," "what," "where," "when," and sometimes even "why" look at news in its most basic form. This basic approach is the future of quality and trusted (read profitable) journalism.

Homicide stories are newspaper bread-and-butter features since the printing press touched it's first piece of paper. No one did it better than Homicide report. It's a pity it no longer exists.

Please bring back the Homicide Report. LA Times readers, myself included, find this section of the utmost value.

To the LA Times: Why discontinue an excellent resource for the Los Angeles citizens? The Homicide Report could be a depressing job for a reporter - but we want this isection of the online newspaper. Sad but true, murders are a common occurrence in LA. The citizens want to know what is occuring in their neighborhood.

No please! don't do this to us..now that this Section have been one of the most viewed of all times and we can read information about what's going on in our Community/Area.

that's not rite for the citizens of Los Angeles who look forward to finding out the crimes that happen around them. It's like someone is trying to hide something by stopping this site.. can we have some justice now days.. a concerned parent and reader who wants to know what is happening in her area which has so much crime and killings!!

Can you assign a reader to do this? (I am a former newspaper reporter and I bet there are others). I don't want to lose this blog.

Please bring back the homicide report. As a young person growing up in the inner city I would read this report and try not make the mistakes or repeat the same actions that seems to precede most of these murders. Avoid house parties, don't loiter at night, avoid conflicts, and never join a gang. I really thought this site was a service to the community and had the potential to be a sober reminder to young kids who want to pursue gang membership that Murder/murdering is not glamorous but a destructive painful event.

Let's hope this important blog is not terminated by the NO news L.A. Times. This provides a much needed reality in what life is like for many of L.A's residents.

Frank

We need the Homicide Report to keep us informed. Who Idea was it to take it away? I need to know. This is one on worst decision I have ever heard of the LA Times has gone Crazy.There is no reason to stop this infomation from getting to the public at large.

Man I am going to miss this site. I Would come on this site just to read about the Homicides and I cam on one day and found out that a friend of mine had been murdered. I am sure that alot of people besides myself is going to miss this information.

I really don't like where the LA times is going. This blog and LA Land were the only things left worth reading in this newspaper and one lost Peter Villes and now this one is shutting down??

I know the LA times is cutting back, but they're cutting in all the wrong places!! Think about the city you're supposed to be covering for once??

 


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