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FAQ: Where is the homicide count?

September 22, 2009 | 10:37 pm

A Homicide Report reader recently asked why this blog no longer posts the year-to-date number of homicides in Los Angeles County.  That number was calculated as part of our interactive Homicide Map, which is no longer live on site because of technical problems when latimes.com underwent a recent redesign.

Work is underway on a new map that will allow readers to view homicides by location, filter by characteristics of the crimes and more.  We plan to launch the new map as part of a database of homicides in L.A. County that is also under construction.

In the interim, beginning next week we will post year-to-date totals with the weekly summaries. The most recent cases typically are available from the coroner on Mondays.

As of early Monday, Sept. 21, the coroner had reported about 563 homicides in L.A. County this year. This number does not include a handful of cases in which the cause of death has been deferred.

As the coroner continues to investigate cases, occasionally homicides will be added to or taken off our list.

Beginning next week, we will post the year-to-date total with our weekly summary posts.

--Anthony Pesce

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