It's hard not to be struck by the similarities in, and the differences between, two recent local killings.
A young father was gunned down while cleaning his garage in Inglewood, for reasons not totally clear, though speculation is that he was mistakenly targeted by gang members. He quickly moved to shield his 8-year-old son, who was spared.
Two USC students were killed while in their car for reasons not totally clear, though robbery is suspected as a motive.
Both occurred in areas where daily safety is not a certain thing. Both targeted people who had gone to great lengths to seek an education. The two USC students were known as hardworking young people from China. The Inglewood father, Frederick Martin Jr., had overcome the challenges of growing up in a crime-plagued neighborhood to go on to a college degree. Both were members of tight-knit communities -- in Martin's case, his family; for Ming Qu and Ying Wu, their fellow engineering students from China. The victims in both L.A. and Inglewood were apparently just going about their daily lives in total innocence.