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Homicide Report: 19 killed in L.A. County in two weeks, three in Watts, three children

July 23, 2010 |  7:10 am

Map shows clusters of homicides in L.A. County this year. Click for additional details about the most recent cases reported by the coroner on The Times' interactive Homicide Report.

Nineteen killings in Los Angeles County were reported by coroner's officials between July 4 and Monday morning, bringing the year-to-date total to 360, according to data collected for The Times' Homicide Report database

By this time last year, 415 people had been killed in the county, with 504 killed in 2008.

In Watts, which had not had a homicide since the beginning of May, three people died within days of each other.

On July 5, Rayvonne Akers was standing in a frontyard about 12:20 a.m. when someone walked up, used gang language and fired a gun at him, said Ed Winter, spokesman for the coroner's office.

The shooter fled, Winter said, and Akers was taken to a hospital, where he died at 2:05 a.m.

Akers, 17, was not a documented gang member, said Los Angeles Police Department criminal gang and homicide Det. Kerri Potter, who is handling the investigation. However, authorities believe the person who shot Akers was a gang member, she said.

Investigators have not made an arrest in connection with the case.

Two days later, Elden Mignault, 19, was shot to death less than two miles south from where Akers was killed.

Mignault got into a fight with another male July 7 about 12:30 p.m. The person he was fighting pulled out a gun and shot him several times, leading to his immediate death, said LAPD criminal gang and homicide Det. Scott Smith.

Investigators have yet to make an arrest. Authorities did not know whether Mignault and the shooter knew each other, Smith said, but it appeared the incident was gang-related.

Less than a block away from where Mignault died, Steve Kelly was fatally shot July 10.

Kelly, 42,  was walking down the street about 9 p.m. when someone fired in his direction several times, said LAPD criminal gang and homicide Det. Andrew Moody, who is working the case. The gunshots came from west of where Kelly was hit, Moody said.

Authorities were called, and Kelly was pronounced dead.

Witnesses to the shooting have yet to provide a description of the suspected shooter, but investigators are continuing to interview those at the scene.

In addition to the deaths in Watts, three children were the victims of homicides in recent weeks.

Photo: Daisy Garcia, Credit: KTLA-TV On July 4, Daisy Garcia, 14, was celebrating the Fourth of July outside her home in Pico-Union, according to an LAPD news release.

About 10:20 p.m., four or five males walked up, and one of them fired several shots, which hit the Daisy in the chest. It wasn't clear whether Daisy had been targeted, but detectives believe the shooting was gang-related.

Garcia was taken to a hospital, where she died soon after, police said.

Five days later, Quesi Chavez, a 10-year-old girl, was allegedly stabbed to death by her mother at the Ft. MacArthur Air Force Base in San Pedro.

Quesi's father awoke about 2:30 a.m. and found his wife, Bong Sook Chavez, attacking his daughter with a knife, said LAPD Deputy Chief Pat Gannon.

The father was able to get the knife out of his wife’s hands, and Quesi was taken to a hospital, where she died.

According to police officials, Bong Sook Chavez stabbed the girl several times while they were in bed together.

The woman has a history of mental health problems, Gannon said, and the case is being investigated as an attempted murder-suicide. She is at USC Medical Center, and her next court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 19,  according to county jail records. She is being held in lieu of $1-million bail.

Ft. MacArthur is a residential housing facility for the Air Force Space Division on Pacific Avenue between 22nd and 36th streets. The father is a former member of the military.

The same day Quesi Chavez was killed, Enjae Rugly, 2, was accidentally shot to death by his brother in Northridge.

Police from the LAPD's Devonshire Division were called to the home about 5:50 p.m. after a shooting was reported, according to a police news release.

When authorities arrived, they found Enjae with a gunshot wound to the head, the coroner's office said.

Enjae was taken by paramedics to a hospital, where he eventually died from his injuries, police said.

During the investigation, police determined  that Enjae's 7-year-old brother had accidentally shot him while playing with a loaded firearm.

"He thought it was a play gun,'' said LAPD Det. Floyd Walton. "Boys play with water guns and things like that, and I'm sure he didn't know it could do real damage."

An investigation into whether charges should be brought against the parents is continuing, the detective said. It is illegal to leave a weapon unlocked when it's not in use, he said.

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: Daisy Garcia. Credit: KTLA-TV

Map shows clusters of homicides in L.A. County this year. Click for additional details about the most recent homicides reported by the coroner. Source: Homicide Report