Homicide Report: 15 killings last week in L.A. County
Coroner's officials reported 15 killings in Los Angeles County between Jan. 31 and Monday morning, bringing the year-to-date total to 64, according to data collected for The Times' Homicide Report database.
There were 60 killings during the same period in 2010.
The coroner's office did not initially release names for three of last week's victims -- only their race and gender.
Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said he could not release the name of Jane Doe No. 6 because her next of kin is a sister in Mexico and coroner's representatives had not yet been able to speak to her directly.
From earlier reporting, however, it was concluded that Jane Doe No. 6 was the same woman allegedly dismembered by her son, Moises Meraz-Espinoza, 18, on Feb. 4 in the 5600 block of Maywood Avenue.
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has since released the woman's name, Amelia Espinoza, 42, in a news release listing charges against the son.
Winter said when investigators obtained details on each of the cases, they had no names and identification was not available.
Every person over the age of 12 who comes through the coroner's office is fingerprinted and then identified through a match from the Department of Justice, he said. That name match is the one provided on the Homicide Report list, not the name from a driver's license or ID. Those names are used only in the preliminary investigation, Winter 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
Source: Homicide Report