The Homicide Report will be going on a brief hiatus as we prepare to launch a new version next week. We will stop posting updates here while we transition to the new system, but readers can still find breaking news about homicides at the L.A. Now blog.
The Homicide Report soon will feature an interactive map, a searchable database and a blog that looks and feels like the one we have now. The map and database will feature every homicide reported by the Los Angeles County coroner since January 2007. Readers will be able to sort the killings by neighborhood, cause of death, race/ethnicity, age, gender, day of the week and more.The map will allow readers to interactively search all Los Angeles County homicides over the last three years and observe certain trends and clusters in a way that was not possible with the old blog. Readers will also be able to browse photos of the deceased or enter an address and find nearby killings.
Much of the functionality of the new map and database will be similar to the Times' Mapping L.A. Neighborhoods project, which we frequently link to from posts. Frequent readers and commenters on the Homicide Report should be aware that old comments on blog posts will only be accessible by clicking on a link from the new post. All of the old comments and discussions have been preserved, but new comments will only be possible in the new system.
As always, reader questions and input are welcome. If you have a question or feedback please post it as a comment to this post and we will do our best to respond.
-- Anthony Pesce and Megan Garvey
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Top: A screenshot of the new Homicide Report interactive map. Click to enlarge.
Center: A screenshot of the new Homicide Report photo browser. Click to enlarge.
Bottom: A screenshot of the new Homicide Report neighborhood view. Click to enlarge.