19 killings occurred last week in Los Angeles County
Coroner's officials reported 19 killings in Los Angeles County between Feb. 7 and Sunday night, bringing the year-to-date total to 82, according to data collected for The Times' Homicide Report database. During the same time period last year, 12 people were killed, one more than in 2009.
The county saw two double homicides last week and one quadruple killing.
On the afternoon of Feb. 11, police responded to a report that a woman in a Whittier home had been shot. Believing the assailant was still inside, police did not enter right away and called the SWAT team. Authorities later found the bodies of two men and a woman inside: Raul Escobedo, 67, his wife, Debra Escobedo, 60, and their son, Mario, 31. Coroner's officials said Mario committed suicide with a gunshot wound to the head, while Debra and Raul Escobedo’s deaths were deemed homicides. Records show that they were both shot in the chest and head.
Later that day, brothers Anthony, 24, Angel, 25, and Luis Jimenez, 26 were with their cousin Martin Haro, 25, in a Willowbrook backyard when they were all shot, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.
Lt. Don Slawson said the incident is believed to be gang-related. Two men were seen fleeing the area in a black sport utility vehicle after the shooting, but it was unknown whether the vehicle was related to the killings.
Two days later, Diego Garcia, 25, and Alfonso Nava, 26, were fatally shot in Exposition Park.
The men had returned from a party and were shot in a friend's frontyard. Nava was pronounced dead at the scene, while Garcia was taken to a hospital, where he died about 35 minutes later.
"We suspect [the shooting] is gang-related," said Det. David Garrido of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Division homicide unit.
The Times' Homicide Report provides an interactive map and database of all homicides in Los Angeles County reported by the coroner since Jan. 1, 2007.
-- Sarah Ardalani
Photo: Diego Garcia, left and Alfonso Nava.
Credit: Mary Slosson / For The Times
Map shows 17 of 19 homicides in L.A. County last week.
Credit: Homicide Report