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Category: Stabbing

Koreatown: Bennett Bradley, 60 [Updated]

January 5, 2010 | 11:07 pm

The location where Bennett Bradley was stabbed. Click for the Koreatown Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.Bennett Bradley, a 60-year-old black man, was stabbed and died Saturday, Jan. 2, in the 100 block of South New Hampshire Avenue in Koreatown, authorities said.

Bradley's body was found about 5:50 p.m. in his apartment, police said. Detectives believe robbery is a possible motive for the crime but do not have a suspect, according to an LAPD news release. 

According to coroner's records, Bradley's cause of death was a deep slash to the neck, and he was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:01 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call Olympic Division homicide Dets. Herman Fretlohr or Matthew Gares at (213) 382-9470.

-- Scott Glover and Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Bennett Bradley was stabbed. Click for the Koreatown Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.

[Updated on Jan. 6 at 10:20 a.m.] The L.A. Now blog has more on this killing: Murder suspect had relationship with slain director of East Hollywood theater

A man who police said had a romantic relationship with a longtime director of an East Hollywood theater has been arrested in connection with his murder, Los Angeles police officials said today.

Jose Fructuoso, 25, of Los Angeles is being held in lieu of $1-million bail in connection with the fatal stabbing Saturday of 60-year-old Bennett Bradley (Police originally gave Bradley's age as 59) at his Mid-Wilshire-area apartment, according to Los Angeles police.

Detectives initially believed that Bradley had been the target of a robbery but after further investigation they found that the suspect and victim had known each other for years and had been in a romantic relationship.

Bradley had worked at Fountain Theatre for 16 years and had become its public face, largely managing its box-office operations but also known as a talented director and producer.

The theater is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and Bradley was directing 2010's first production, "The Ballad of Emmett Till," which is scheduled to open next month.

The show is based on the real-life story of a black teenager whose murder helped spark the civil rights movement. It was seen as an important production for the theater and for Bradley.

-- Andrew Blankstein


West Adams: Elmer Rodriguez, 25

January 5, 2010 | 10:50 pm

Rodriguez Elmer Rodriguez, a 25-year-old Latino, was stabbed and died Friday, Dec. 25, in the 5400 block of Blackwelder Street in West Adams, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said Rodriguez was attending a backyard Christmas party when a fight broke out. Rodriguez attempted to intervene in the fight, and someone stabbed him several times, Winter said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:10 a.m., Winter said.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Elmer Rodriguez was shot. Click for the West Adams Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Whittier: Crystal Coronel, 19

January 5, 2010 | 10:45 pm

The location where Crystal Coronel was found dead. Credit: Google MapsCrystal Coronel, a 19-year-old Latina, was stabbed several times and died Monday, Dec. 21, in the 8200 block of Santa Fe Springs Road in Whittier, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said Coronel was discovered unresponsive by her apartment manager, who called police. She had been stabbed several times in her back, face and stomach, according to coroner's records.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Crystal Coronel was found dead. Credit: Google Maps


Vermont-Slauson: Juan Ola, 26

January 5, 2010 | 10:38 pm

Ola Juan Ola, a 26-year-old Latino, was stabbed and died Wednesday, Dec. 30, in the 5900 block of South Vermont Avenue in Vermont-Slauson, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Ola was stabbed about 2 a.m. in a restaurant parking lot after allegedly arguing with Aurelio Ramirez, a 55-year-old Latino, according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release. 

Police allege Ramirez stabbed Ola with a sharp object several times in the chest, then fled the scene. Ola was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:26 a.m., according to coroner's records.

Ramirez was arrested at 3:50 p.m. that day and booked on suspicion of murder. His bail is set at $1 million, according to police.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Juan Ola was stabbed. Click for the Vermont-Slauson Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Reseda: Doris Salguero Guardado, 24

January 5, 2010 | 10:37 am

The location where Doris Salguero Guardado was found dead. Click for the Reseda Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Doris Salguero Guardado, a 24-year-old Latina, was found dead in her car Monday, Dec. 21, in the 19400 block of Wyandotte Street in Reseda, authorities said.

Salguero's ex-boyfriend has been arrested on suspicion of her murder, police said.

She was reported missing by her family and friends, police said, and was found dead in her car after friends and relatives searched the area. The victim’s brother went to her apartment to check on her the afternoon of Dec. 21, and after he left about 1:20 p.m., he spotted her blue 1998 Toyota nearby. He found her body in the back seat, covered with blood.

Authorities originally reported she was discovered in the 19500 block of Leadwell Street, but coroner's records indicate she was discovered about a block from that address on Wyandotte Street.

She had been stabbed to death and was covered with a jacket, perhaps to conceal the body, police said.

After talking to several people, detectives went to a home in the 1000 block of Dacotah Street in East Los Angeles to speak with the victim’s ex-boyfriend, Fredy Hernandez. Investigators say Hernandez had been at a holiday party the previous Saturday evening that was also attended by Salguero.

After detectives interviewed Hernandez, they booked him on suspicion of murder. His bail was set at $1 million.

Salguero was last seen Sunday at a holiday party in Carson for Amway, a company for which she worked part-time.

-- Richard Winton

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Map: The location where Doris Salguero Guardado was found dead. Click for the Reseda Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Ivan Munoz, 24

January 4, 2010 | 10:11 pm

Ivan Munoz, a 24-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Sunday, Dec. 27, at an unknown address.

Munoz's body was discovered shortly before 2 a.m. after he was driven by a friend to a 7-Eleven store parking lot at 2887 E. Valley Blvd. in West Covina. Police came to investigate after getting a report of gunshot victims at the location.

Munoz, who coroner's officials determined had been stabbed and shot,was found dead in the passenger seat of his friend’s four-door Honda Accord, said West Covina Sgt. Steve Wheeless.

The driver, who was also hurt in the incident and whose name was not released, told detectives that he and Munoz had been involved in a fight about 1:20 a.m. in the parking lot near a Margarita Jones restaurant at the Westfield Shopping Center in West Covina.

Investigators interviewed the driver at a hospital five hours after the incident had occurred.

He told authorities that after the fight, he and Munoz ran to their car and fled. The driver told police he was heading to his friend’s house in Pomona, but got lost and noticed that Munoz was no longer breathing.

“He was then looking for any business that was open,” Wheeless said.

According to the man's account, he drove almost 30 minutes before he pulled into the 7-Eleven store, about nine miles from the shopping center where he told police the fight had taken place. Police, however, said they have been unable to confirm the man’s story.

Investigators say the parking lot where the alleged fight occurred had been cleaned up by a private company, destroying any possible evidence left from the shooting.

“There’s no bullet casings … no evidence,” Wheeless said, adding that police have to take the man’s word for it now. Investigators said they were looking for assistance from anyone who may seen the altercation at the Margarita Jones parking lot. Tipsters can call (626) 939-8557.

-- Ruben Vives

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Lake Los Angeles: Timothy Wong, 23

December 21, 2009 |  9:10 pm

The location where Timothy Wong was stabbed. Credit: Google Maps Timothy Wong, a 23-year-old Asian man, was stabbed to death Saturday, Dec. 19, in the 38900 block of 162nd Street East in Lake Los Angeles, authorities said.

Wong was stabbed about 10:04 p.m. and was pronounced dead by paramedics at 10:58 p.m. while en route to a hospital, according to the news release.

Authorities have arrested Jose Abundio, an 18-year-old Latino, in connection with the stabbing. He was arrested at 2:07 a.m. Dec. 20 at a nearby residence, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department news release. 

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Timothy Wong was stabbed. Credit: Google Maps


Boyle Heights: Jose Fuentes, 43

December 18, 2009 |  2:34 pm

Map: The location where Jose Fuentes was beaten and stabbed. Click for the Boyle Heights Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Jose Fuentes, a 43-year-old Latino, was beaten and stabbed Monday, Dec. 7, in the 2500 block of East Whittier Boulevard in Boyle Heights. He died three days later at a hospital, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Craig Harvey, chief coroner investigator, said Fuentes apparently grabbed a baseball bat and confronted two people. One person then pulled out a knife and stabbed him.

He was stabbed about 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 and died at 8:50 a.m. on Dec. 10, Harvey said.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Jose Fuentes was beaten and stabbed. Click for the Boyle Heights Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Sylmar: Parrish Reed, 17

December 7, 2009 |  4:39 pm

The location where Parrish Reed was stabbed. Click for the Sylmar Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Parrish Reed, a 17-year-old black youth, was stabbed to death Saturday, Dec. 5, in the 12100 block of San Fernando Road in Sylmar, authorities said.

His older sister allegedly stabbed him in the chest while inside an apartment, authorities said.

After responding to an initial report of a shooting, officers arrived at the scene about 8:40 to discover the boy had been stabbed, according to a Los Angeles Police Department.

Amber Reed, 20, was arrested and charged with killing her her brother, police said. She is being held in lieu of $1-million bail.

According to detectives, the siblings were arguing over money when Reed grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her brother in the chest. Reed was taken to a local hospital, where he later died, said Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the L.A. County coroner’s office.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact Mission Division homicide detectives at (818) 838-9810.

-- Corina Knoll

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Map: The location where Parrish Reed was stabbed. Click for the Sylmar Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Mid-Wilshire: Flor Medrano, 30

November 16, 2009 | 11:40 am

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Flor Medrano, a 30-year-old Latina, was fatally stabbed Thursday, Nov. 12, in the 1300 block of Cochran Avenue in Mid-Wilshire. Medrano had filed a domestic abuse report earlier that day, and she was attacked as Los Angeles Police Department officers waited outside of her apartment.

Her attacker, Daniel Carlon, a 23-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by police officers who went to investigate when they heard screams coming from the apartment.

Times' reporters Baxter Holmes, Andrew Blankstein and Rich Connell have the full story: Man eludes police to kill woman

The location where Flor Medrano was stabbed. Click for the Mid-Wilshire Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.

Los Angeles police investigators are trying to piece together how a highly determined attacker eluded officers watching a Mid-City apartment and managed to kill a woman who had just filed a domestic violence complaint.

Wilshire Division officers who specialize in domestic abuse were on the lookout for the man after taking Flor Medrano's report, counseling her and returning her to her Cochran Avenue apartment Wednesday evening.

The officers escorted Medrano, 30, to her door, checked to make sure the apartment appeared safe and then returned to their unmarked patrol car to watch for the suspect, officials said.

The officers later tried to check on Medrano via cellphone and tell her they were leaving but were cut off. When they reestablished contact and heard screaming, the officers rushed to the apartment and saw a man stabbing Medrano.

Unable to gain entry through a metal security door, the officers fired through a front window, fatally wounding the attacker, according to police sources who asked not to be named because of the ongoing investigation.

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-- Anthony Pesce

Photo: A woman who said she is Flor Medrano's friend weeps while talking on the phone as police investigate Medrano's death and the police shooting death of the man who killed her. Medrano had filed a domestic abuse report several hours earlier. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Map: The location where Flor Medrano was stabbed. Click for the Mid-Wilshire Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Highland Park: Eric Acosta, 36

November 13, 2009 |  9:46 pm

The location where Eric Acosta was attacked. Click for the Highland Park Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Eric Acosta, a 36-year-old Latino, was stabbed Oct. 31 at North Figueroa Street and Avenue 61 in Highland Park. He died on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at a hospital, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said Acosta and another victim were stabbed about 2:29 a.m. on Halloween. The second victim, who was not identified, survived the attack.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Eric Acosta was attacked. Click for the Highland Park Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


El Monte: Hugo Negrete, 17

November 12, 2009 |  6:26 pm

The location where Hugo Negrete was found stabbed. Credit: Google MapsHugo Negrete, a 17-year-old Latino, was stabbed to death Saturday, Nov. 7, in the 11000 block of Bonwood Road in El Monte, authorities said.

The death was reported about 3 a.m., said L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Lillian Peck. Negrete, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was stabbed about four times, according to coroner's investigators.

-- Carla Rivera and Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Hugo Negrete was found stabbed. Credit: Google Maps


Highland Park: Javier Mejia, 43

November 5, 2009 |  9:36 pm

The location where Javier Mejia was stabbed. Click for the Highland Park Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Javier Mejia, a 43-year-old Latino, was stabbed to death Saturday, Oct. 31, in the 100 block of East Avenue 45 in Highland Park, authorities said.

Mejia and Salvador Ayala, a 26-year-old Latino, were drinking with a third person when they got into a dispute. 

The third person stabbed both men, said LAPD Det. Jose Carrillo. Authorities did not identify the assailant, who they said was still at large.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Javier Mejia was stabbed. Click for the Highland Park Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Highland Park: Salvador Ayala, 26

November 5, 2009 |  9:35 pm

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Salvador Ayala, a 26-year-old Latino, was stabbed to death Saturday, Oct. 31, in the 100 block of East Avenue 45 in Highland Park, authorities said.

Ayala and Javier Mejia, a 43-year-old Latino, were drinking with a third person when they got into a dispute. The third person stabbed both men, said LAPD Det. Jose Carrillo. 

Authorities did not identify the assailant, who they said was still at large. 

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Salvador Ayala was stabbed. Click for the Highland Park Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Santa Clarita: Raymundo Perez, 34

November 5, 2009 |  9:17 pm

The location where Raymundo Perez was found stabbed. Credit: Google Maps Raymundo Perez, a 34-year-old Latino, was stabbed to death Monday, Oct. 26, in the 18300 block of Soledad Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Perez was stabbed in the chest and found in a river bed, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office. Winter said it could have been a gang killing.

Perez was taken to the hospital where he died at 10:03 p.m.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Raymundo Perez was found stabbed. Credit: Google Maps


Woodland Hills: Michael Conoscenti, 56

November 5, 2009 |  9:15 pm

Conoscenti Michael Conoscenti, a 56-year-old white man, was stabbed to death Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the 20100 block of Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Conoscenti was discovered with multiple stab wounds in a room at the Comfort Inn, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office. He was pronounced dead at 9:35 a.m.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Michael Conoscenti was stabbed. Click for the Woodland Hills Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Valinda: Steven Valadez, 19

October 20, 2009 | 10:46 pm

The location where Steven Valadez was stabbed.Steven Valadez, a 19-year-old Latino, was stabbed to death Sunday, Oct. 18, in the 16200 block of Maplegrove Street in Valinda, authorities said.

Valadez, a musician, was attacked about 12:13 a.m. during “a fight with several other males," according to a statement from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. He was taken to a hospital where he died about 5:15 a.m, authorities said.

Valadez was a member of the La Puente-based band Rumor Has It, which memorialized him on its MySpace page and linked to an article about the incident in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

“To those of you who don't already know, or weren't with us last night. Tragedy struck us hard. Our bass player and brother Steven, was killed last night in an ugly brawl in our hometown,” the message read. “To call Steven a 'friend' would be a total understatement of what he meant to us.”

The message indicated that another band member, Adam Garcia, also was injured.

“As for our future, we're gonna take some time to slowly regroup and try to get over this," the MySpace message stated. "Adam was also wounded last night too. Adam is doing fine, but is still in medical care.”

Authorities said no arrests were immediately made in the case.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz

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Map: The location where Steven Valadez was stabbed. Credit: Google Maps


Downtown: Tommy Jackson, 58

October 19, 2009 |  4:17 pm

The location where Tommy Jackson was stabbed. Click for the Downtown Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Tommy Jackson, a 58-year-old black man, died on Thursday, Oct. 15, a day after he was stabbed in the 800 block of East 7th Street in downtown, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Jackson was fatally wounded after a verbal dispute at a downtown Los Angeles hotel, police said. He and another 58-year-old man began yelling at each other about 8:55 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the hotel said Officer Cleon Joseph, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Jackson was stabbed with two knives, Joseph said. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died. Officers arrested the suspect at the scene, Joseph said. It was unclear what the relationship was between the men or whether they were guests of the hotel, he said.

-- My-Thuan Tran

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Map: The location where Tommy Jackson was stabbed. Click for the Downtown Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Times coverage: Lazhanae Harris, 13 and on the run, was stabbed to death in L.A.

October 11, 2009 |  2:21 pm

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Lazhanae Harris, a black 13-year-old girl, was found stabbed to death in a rundown apartment in the 100 block of East 97th Street in Historic South Central Los Angeles on Saturday, March 7, 2009.  Preshae Bryan Tanner, a 22-year-old black woman, was charged in the murder and has pleaded not guilty. Tanner was romantically involved with a man who was staying at the apartment, police said.

The Times' Kim Christensen and Garrett Therolf have details today of Lazhanae's short life in a story about the deaths of at least 268 children between January 2008 and early August 2009 who, at some point, had come under the protection of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Seventy-six of those deaths were determined to be homicides, according to internal county documents:

The loving attention that eluded Lazhanae Harris in life flooded the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church at her funeral in March.

Family and friends, mostly youngsters, packed the South Los Angeles sanctuary that day and "all seemingly admired this girl," recalled congregation clerk Myrna Smith.

"It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen. They were all 12-, 13-, 14-year-old kids. And they were all crying."

Days before, Lazhanae, 13, had been found in a rundown apartment in South Los Angeles, face down on a bloody mattress. Her femoral artery had been slashed.

Shunted from place to place for most of her life, she was left with no guardian but the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. The agency took her from her mother's custody at age 3, placing her in a series of homes that didn't last.

Read more about Lazhanae's life: Lazhanae Harris, 13 and on the run, was stabbed to death in L.A.

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Unincorporated Los Angeles County: Alton Mixon, 51

October 6, 2009 | 10:08 pm

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Alton Mixon, a 51-year-old black man, was stabbed to death Monday, Sept. 28, in his house in the 14100 block of South Albertson Avenue in an area of unincorporated Los Angeles County surrounded by Compton, according to coroner's officials.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Mitch Loman said Mixon was fatally stabbed during an argument with his brother Joe Mixon, 47. Sheriff's deputies arrested Joe Mixon the same day. He has been charged with his brother's murder and pleaded not guilty at his arraignment last week. His bail has been set at $1 million, and he is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 15.

Loman said the stabbing happened about 4 p.m., and Alton Mixon was pronounced at the scene just minutes later.

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Photo: The home where Alton Mixon was stabbed to death. Credit: Sarah Ardalani / Los Angeles TImes


Sun Valley: Edith Moreno Gomez, 11

September 9, 2009 | 11:24 pm

Students from Grant High School in Van Nuys gather outside the Sun Valley house where the throats of their classmate, Diana Moreno, and her sister Edith were slashed. (Stefano Paltera / For The TImes / September 4)

Edith Moreno Gomez, an 11-year-old, Latina, died on Wednesday, Sept. 2 after her throat was slashed in the 7800 block of Irvine Avenue in Sun Valley, authorities said.

Edith Moreno, 11[Edith's age was initially reported as 12 but, according to coroner's officials, her 12th birthday would have been in October.] Her sister, Diana Moreno, a 16-year-old Latina, was killed in the same incident.

On Friday, Sept. 4 their mother, Antonia Gomez, 38, was arrested on suspicion of killing her daughters.

The following is an excerpt from the Times report on the killings: Troubles had mounted for mother suspected of killing two daughters

Edith Moreno was only 12 years old, but last week the Sun Valley girl had a serious question for her friend and next-door neighbor Karina Valdez.

What happens when we die?

Karina and her parents are Jehovah's Witnesses. Taking her Bible, 12-year-old Karina explained that death was like going to sleep and waiting to be resurrected by God.

"I didn't really think anything about it because we were teaching her about our other beliefs," said Karina's mother, Irene Bell. "Edith was just a wonderful, happy child. She was the biggest tomboy. She never complained about anything. "

-- Hector Becerra

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Top photo: Students from Grant High School in Van Nuys gather outside the Sun Valley house where the throats of their classmate, Diana Moreno, and her sister Edith were slashed. Bottom photo: Edith Gomez, 11 (Stefano Paltera / For The TImes )


Sun Valley: Diana Moreno Gomez, 16

September 9, 2009 | 11:22 pm

Students from Grant High School in Van Nuys gather outside the Sun Valley house where the throats of their classmate, Diana Moreno, and her sister Edith were slashed. (Stefano Paltera / For The TImes / September 4)

Diana Moreno Gomez, a 16-year-old Latina, died on Wednesday, Sept. 2 after her throat was slashed in the 7800 block of Irvine Avenue in Sun Valley, authorities said.

Gomez Her sister, Edith Moreno Gomez, an 11-year-old Latina, was killed in the same incident. [Edith's age was initially given as 12 but, according to coroner's officials,her 12th birthday would have been in October.]

On Friday, Sept. 4 their mother, Antonia Gomez, 38, was arrested on suspicion of killing her daughters.

The following is an excerpt from the full Times story on the killings: Troubles had mounted for mother suspected of killing two daughters

Edith Moreno was only 12 years old, but last week the Sun Valley girl had a serious question for her friend and next-door neighbor Karina Valdez.

What happens when we die?

Karina and her parents are Jehovah's Witnesses. Taking her Bible, 12-year-old Karina explained that death was like going to sleep and waiting to be resurrected by God.

"I didn't really think anything about it because we were teaching her about our other beliefs," said Karina's mother, Irene Bell. "Edith was just a wonderful, happy child. She was the biggest tomboy. She never complained about anything. "

-- Hector Becerra

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Top photo: Students from Grant High School in Van Nuys gather outside the Sun Valley house where the throats of their classmate, Diana Moreno, and her sister Edith were slashed. Bottom photo: Diana Moreno, 16. Credit: Stefano Paltera / For The TImes


Hawthorne: Brandon Frazier Thompson, 20

August 25, 2009 | 10:21 pm
The location of Brandon Thompson's stabbing. Brandon Frazier Thompson, a 20-year-old black man, was stabbed several times in the 12400 block of Eucalyptus Avenue in Hawthorneand died on Friday, Aug. 21, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Thompson, of Torrance, apparently went to the home of his ex-girlfriend, where she was living with her current boyfriend, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office.

Winter said Thompson was trying to enter their home when they decided to leave. Thompson then chased the pair down the street and struck his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend, Winter said.

After he was struck, the man pulled out a weapon and stabbed Thompton several times in the face and back, Winter said. He was pronounced dead at 4:29 p.m.

-- Anthony Pesce

Harbor Gateway: Joseph Martinez, 49

August 21, 2009 |  7:59 am
The location of Joseph Martinez's shooting. Click for demographic information about this area. Joseph Martinez, a 49-year-old white man, was slashed in the cheek and neck and died Thursday, Aug. 13. Martinez was slashed in the 12000 block of South Figueroa Street in Harbor Gateway, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said a broken beer bottle was used to kill Martinez. The incident happened at 12:25 a.m., and Martinez was pronounced dead at a hospital at 1:14 a.m., Winter said.

-- Anthony Pesce

Downtown: Robert Burrus, 67

August 13, 2009 | 10:21 pm
Robert Burrus, a 67-year-old black man, was slashed several times and died August 1 at a homeless encampment. Credit: LAPDRobert Burrus, a 67-year-old black man, was slashed several times and died Saturday, August 1, authorities said. The incident took place at 6th and Fremont streets in downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police officers arrested Timothy Bishop, a 50-year-old transient, on suspicion of killing Burrus by slashing his throat with a glass bottle and gouging his eyes out.

Officers found bloody money in Bishop’s pocket that connected him to the crime, said Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Paul Vernon, head of detectives for the Central Division.

The 67-year-old victim’s maimed body was discovered about daybreak by another transient.

“Bishop had gouged Burrus’ eyes out in a belief itBurrusmap would keep the victim from identifying his assailant,” Vernon said.

Police were able to track down Bishop because the transient who found Burrus' body recalled seeing Bishop the night before wearing a bloody leather jacket and carrying money with blood on it.

Officers, with the help of security officers with the Downtown Business Improvement District, tracked down Bishop nearby. Vernon said Bishop had discarded the blood-stained jacket but detectives found it, as well as the bloody money in his pockets.

“We’ve seen it time and again that, in spite of their condition, many of the homeless downtown still have a sense of pride among them that they are willing to come forward and report crimes," Vernon said. “We solve more murders downtown because of it.”

Burrus’ slaying was the fourth in downtown this year and the first this year involving a homeless person killed on the street, Vernon said.

“Mr. Burrus’ murder is a tragic example of how vulnerable the homeless are when they sleep on the street,” Vernon said.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Robert Burrus, a 67-year-old black man, was slashed several times and died August 1 at a homeless encampment. Credit: LAPD

Update: Trial nears in stabbing death of USC student

August 13, 2009 |  7:53 pm

The fatal encounter began when USC film student Bryan Frost closed the metal gate of this apartment complex as he walked by with friends. Travion Ford came out yelling and the two began to fight, according to testimony. Credit: Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times The trial of Travion T. Ford, a 25-year old black man, on charges of killing Bryan R. Frost, a 23-year old white man, is scheduled to begin Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Frost, a USC student, was stabbed early on Thursday, Sept. 18, near 28th Street and Orchard Avenue in University Park.

The Times' Larry Gordon has a story today on rising town-gown tensions in the lead-up to the trial:

The two young men were close in age, shared the same turf in the neighborhoods near USC but led very different lives. Then, with the slamming of a metal gate, they had a chance encounter late one night in September.

Location of Frost's stabbing. Click to learn more about the demographics of this area. After drinking with friends, Bryan R. Frost, a USC student and aspiring film director, walked past a sliding gate just north of campus and, on a whim, shoved it closed. The loud clang drew the ire of Travion T. Ford -- street name "Poison" -- who was visiting his mother's apartment there.

Angry words were exchanged, then they fought. Frost, 23, an Idaho native and former West Point cadet with an excellent academic record, died at a hospital later that morning of knife wounds.

Ford, a 25-year-old warehouse worker who has had several brushes with the law, was arrested six days after the Sept. 18 fight and is scheduled to stand trial next week on a murder charge. Facing a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in prison, Ford has pleaded not guilty and told police that he stabbed Frost in self-defense against a drunk and aggressive opponent.

Frost's death triggered grief around campus and calls for better security. Among other things, USC and the Yellow Cab company made it easier for students to use taxis at night rather than walk home. Meanwhile, some area residents said they were upset about the death but also expressed annoyance over having rowdy students as neighbors.

Ford's relatives and friends say his case is being handled more harshly because it involves a white USC student and a black defendant and because the school wants to project a security-conscious image.

Read more: Tensions high as trial approaches in fatal stabbing of USC student

Photo: The fatal encounter began when USC film student Bryan Frost closed the metal gate of this apartment complex as he walked by with friends. Travion Ford came out yelling and the two began to fight, according to testimony. Credit: Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times


Hollywood: Keith Falin, 43

August 11, 2009 | 10:44 pm
Location of Falin's stabbing. Click to learn more about the demographics of this area.Keith Falin, a 43-year-old white man, was stabbed several times and died Thursday, August 6 in the 6100 block of Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, officials said.

Falin was one of four victims of a Hollywood stabbing rampage that left Roger Cota, 52 dead, and left two others critically injured. 

Police responded to a radio call about a man stabbed at 1:57 p.m., about half an hour after responding to the Cota scene a few blocks away. When they arrived in the 6100 block of Hollywood Boulevard, they found Falin wounded. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:47 p.m.

Domingo Linares Rodas, a 53-year-old Latino,  has been charged in connection with killing Falin, as well as in the attempted murder of Ronald Vaughn, who was stabbed as he walked along Argyle Avenue near Yucca Street, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Police said they have linked Rodas to the two other attacks that occurred nearby that day, including the stabbing death of Cota. District attorney officials said both cases remain under investigation.
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Hollywood: Roger Cota, 51

August 11, 2009 | 10:39 pm
Location of Cota's stabbing. Click for demographic information about this area.Roger Cota, a 51-year-old white man, was stabbed in the 5500 block of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood and died Thursday, August 6, officials said.

Cota was the first victim in a stabbing rampage that took place that day in Hollywood, also killing Keith Falin, a 43-year-old white man. Two others were injured.

Police responded to a radio call about a man shot at 1:22 p.m. and found Cota with stab wounds to his left side. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Police arrested Domingo Linares Rodas, a 53-year-old Latino, at 5:10 p.m. on the day of Cota's killing. LAPD said they have linked him to all four of the stabbings. Los Angeles County district attorney's officials have charged him in connection with two, Falin's death and another assault, but not the stabbing death of Cota. Officials said the other stabbings are still being investigated.

Police allege that Rodas preyed on his victims -- described by police as transients -- over a period of several hours as motorists and pedestrians filled the streets.
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Exposition Park: Roy Anthony Sutherland, 48

August 7, 2009 |  9:27 pm
Location of Sutherland's stabbing. Click to learn more about the demographics of this area. Roy Anthony Sutherland, a 48-year-old black man, was stabbed several times and died Sunday, Aug. 2. Sutherland was stabbed in the 3500 block of South Western Avenue in Exposition Park.

A person walking by found Sutherland with several stab wounds and called police at 11:20 p.m. He was taken to a hospital where he died a short time later, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

There are no suspects and no known motive. No witnesses have come forward, according to the LAPD.
Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD Southwest Division homicide detectives at (213) 485-1383.


Florence: Santiago Morales, 23

August 6, 2009 |  9:46 pm
Location of Morales' stabbing. Click to learn more about the demographics of this area. Santiago Morales, a 23-year-old Latino, was stabbed several times in a confrontation Friday, July 31, in the 200 block of West 76th Street in Florence,  according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

The confrontation happened about 6:46 p.m. and Morales was pronounced dead at 7:12, said Craig Harvey, chief coroner investigator.



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