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Homicide Report dispatches from the streets of L.A.

May 15, 2009 | 11:07 am

Since January 2007, The Times has attempted to chronicle all homicides in Los Angeles County. The Homicide Report blog went on a brief hiatus late last year but has been up and running again since February.

Here are excerpts from some recent on-the-street dispatches:

KahariwimberlyJust after midnight on Sunday April 26, Nimo Sega, 10, stood at the door to his apartment and watched as a gunman shot his mother's fiance in the chest on the front porch of their building in the 1100 block of Orizaba Ave. in Long Beach.

Fatally wounded, Kahari Wimberly, a 31-year old black man, ran around to the back entrance of the apartment building. Nimo's mother, Aliska Tabbytite, said she believes he did so to keep the attacker from following him through the front door and into the apartment where he had been watching her two young sons....

Read more of Lauren Williams' post "I've been scared...they've seen as much as I've seen."

Tacotruck On a typical day, 38-year-old Jaime Carpio is outside El Comal de Mexico, a taco trailer parked in front of a barbershop in Lennox, flattening dough with a tortilla maker while cooking gorditas and chatting with customers. But on the night of Wednesday, April 29, one of his longer shifts, Carpio was inside the trailer assisting other cooks.

"We had a lot of orders that day," Carpio said.

About 10:40 p.m., authorities said, an unidentified man armed with a semiautomatic rifle stood at the corner of Inglewood and Lennox boulevards and fired at the crowd in front of the trailer, authorities said.

"It sounded like firecrackers,"  Carpio said. "I looked out through the window and saw people throwing themselves on the ground." The gunfire struck and killed Amado Cendejas Sr., a 59-year old Latino, of Los Angeles...

Read more of Ruben Vives' post "If we don't say anything, they're going to keep killing"

Aldamathumb Joseph Aldama, 24, had been missing for two days when authorities found his body wrapped in a blanket in an alleyway near Atlantic and Carlin Avenues in Lynwood on Dec. 15, 2006. He had a single gunshot wound to his forehead.

The eldest of five children, Joseph acted as his mother’s right hand, cooking, doing handiwork and keeping the house tidy. He had left home on the evening of Dec. 13, 2006, to go drinking at a friend’s house. 

Last week, his parents John, 52, and Maria, 51, joined other families who lost sons to violence at Lynwood Park for a vigil...

Read more of Sarah Ardalani's post 'I think about him every day'