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Palms: John Fulchiero, 50

October 20, 2009 | 10:39 pm

The location where John Fulchiero was shot. Click for the Palms Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.John Fulchiero, a 50-year-old white man, was shot by LAPD officers and died on Saturday, Oct. 17, in the 3100 block of Midvale Avenue in Palms, authorities said.

Officers had gone to the address after Fulchiero called police and said that he had killed his girlfriend and was going to kill himself, said LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman.

“The man kept going in and out of his home with the weapon in his hand,” she said.

About 3 a.m., police shot and killed Fulchiero outside the home when he pointed the weapon at officers, Eisenman said. A handgun was recovered from the scene, she said.

Fulchiero's girlfriend -- who was inside the home uninjured during the standoff -- told police that he was distraught over being an unemployed construction worker, according to Eisenman.

-- Ruben Vives

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Map: The location where John Fulchiero was shot. Click for the Palms Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Dispatch: 'I felt in my gut that there was something wrong... I can't explain it'

August 21, 2009 | 10:41 am
The area at Venice Beach where Nathan Morgan was found beaten and half buried in the sand in March 2008. Credit: Anthony Pesce / Los Angeles Times.
Nathan Alan Morgan, a 25-year-old white man, was found beaten to death and buried under a mound of sand shortly before 8 a.m. on March 10, 2008. Morgan’s battered body was discovered by a Parks and Recreation employee in an area of Venice Beach known as the drum circle.  Paramedics called to the scene pronounced him dead.
 
More than a year after his killing, the circumstances surrounding his death remain hazy.

Morgan's body was discovered just hours after he had been treated in Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center's emergency room for an injury to his left elbow. Coroner’s records show that he told hospital officials he had hurt himself while “doing gymnastics drunk.”

Nathan Morgan, who was found beaten to death March 10, 2008 in Venice. Credit: Family photo After his death, Morgan's parents learned he had traveled to Los Angeles from Portland, Ore., arriving in Southern California a few days before he was beaten to death.

His parents, who still live in the small farming town of Wauseon, Ohio, where their son grew up, said they raised him as a Christian. When Morgan was younger he would go to jails to speak to inmates about his faith and what it had done for him, said Richard Morgan, 49.

The Morgans said their son had worked a series of odd jobs since graduating from high school. He moved to Indiana, where he had a job making fiberglass swimming pools, he also worked in a steel mill and once had a job manufacturing car parts. At times he lived with his twin sister.

For several years, Nathan Morgan had worked as a telemarketer, traveling from Toledo, Ohio, to Atlantic City, then to Portland. His most recent job was selling magazine subscriptions.
 
"He moved around a lot," said his mother, Susan. "He wanted to see the world, he was always a free spirit."

Every time he would visit a new place he would save a rock to give to his grandmother, a collection that she treasured deeply.
 
By his late teens, however, his parents said Morgan had developed a drug and alcohol addiction. They acknowledge that his substance abuse could have played a part in his death.

“Nathan did have a drug and alcohol problem; it was an up and down battle for him,” his father said.  “When he was clean and sober he was a great kid. Sometimes people can’t get out from underneath it, and they relapse. If he could have gotten control of that he could be alive.”
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Westchester: Ricardo Contreras, 45

July 25, 2009 |  4:34 pm
Contreras,-Ricardo Ricardo Contreras, a 45-year-old Latino, was stabbed several times and died July 18. The stabbing happened in the 8900 block of Kittyhawk Avenue in Westchester, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Paramedics pronounced Contreras dead at the abandoned home in which he was discovered, authorities said.

Details about how the body was discovered were not immediately available. Police would not confirm a published report that said a real estate agent showing the house to a buyer discovered the body.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is bank-owned and listed for sale by Modern Realty Co., which specializes in foreclosures and bank-owned properties throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties, according to its website. A company representative could not be reached for comment.

-- Ruben Vives

Sawtelle: Pedro Fernandez, 24

July 13, 2009 |  4:19 pm

Pedro Fernandez, a 24-year-old Latino, was shot by a police officer and died on July 6 in the 11300 block of Iowa Avenue in Sawtelle, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Fernandez, of Tarzana, and another man were robbing a man and a woman when a police officer drove by in an unmarked patrol car, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

When Officer Kenneth Collard got out of the patrol car, the other man ran off and Fernandez approached  with an object in his hand, police said.

Collard shot Fernandez in the torso, and he died at the scene. Fernandez and the other man, identified by police as Matthew Ryan Ingels, 23, were also suspects in an earlier robbery. Ingles was found and arrested shortly after the incident.

-- Anthony Pesce



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