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July 23, 1992 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
C. Erwin Piper, the soft-spoken, quietly efficient administrative officer for Los Angeles for 17 years, died early Wednesday. The former FBI agent and head of the city's Public Works Department was 84 and suffered a stroke while undergoing treatment for cancer. Family friend Hal Marlowe said Piper died at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, where he had been hospitalized since last week.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1992
A memorial service for retired City Administrative Officer C. Erwin Piper will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Old North Church, Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills. His family is asking that contributions be made to the School of Public Administration at USC. Piper was 84 when he died Wednesday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1992
A memorial service for retired City Administrative Officer C. Erwin Piper will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Old North Church, Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills. His family is asking that contributions be made to the School of Public Administration at USC. Piper was 84 when he died Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1992 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
C. Erwin Piper, the soft-spoken, quietly efficient administrative officer for Los Angeles for 17 years, died early Wednesday. The former FBI agent and head of the city's Public Works Department was 84 and suffered a stroke while undergoing treatment for cancer. Family friend Hal Marlowe said Piper died at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, where he had been hospitalized since last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2001
Ione L. Piper, 79, a leading benefactor of USC. After the death of her husband, C. Erwin Piper, who served as chief administrative officer of the city of Los Angeles from 1962 to 1979, Piper endowed the dean's chair in the USC School of Public Administration, now part of the university's school of policy, planning and development. She called her $2-million gift the most meaningful support she could offer the institution that launched her husband's career in public service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1997
The Los Angeles city electrician who hunted down and killed four of his supervisors in a 1995 shooting rampage at the C. Erwin Piper Technical Center was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. After impassioned, tearful pleas from the families of victims, Superior Court Judge Edward Ferns ordered Willie Woods, 42, of Upland to prison for the rest of his life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2006
July 19, 1995: A city electrician -- upset over a poor performance review and worried that he might be fired -- shot to death four of his supervisors at the C. Erwin Piper Technical Center just east of downtown Los Angeles. Willie Woods, 42, arrived at work as usual at Piper Tech and argued about his review. Then he went to get a 19-shot Glock semiautomatic pistol and began methodically hunting down his victims, killing two in cubicles, one in an office and one in a hallway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1997
A former electrician for the city of Los Angeles will not face the death penalty when he is sentenced next month for killing four of his supervisors at the city's C. Erwin Piper Technical Center in 1995, prosecutors announced Monday. At a hearing before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edward Ferns, Deputy Dist. Atty. Sally Thomas said the district attorney's office would not retry the penalty phase of the case against Willie Woods. In the first trial, jurors deadlocked on Woods' punishment.
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December 27, 2000 | From Associated Press
Major workplace shootings before Tuesday's killing of seven people at Edgewater Technology in Wakefield, Mass.: * March 20: Fired employee Robert Harris, 28, fatally shoots five people at a Dallas-area carwash. He is sentenced to death. * Dec. 30, 1999: Housekeeper Silvio Izquierdo-Leyva, 36, allegedly fatally shoots five co-workers at Tampa, Fla.'s Radisson Bay Harbor hotel. He pleads not guilty. * Nov. 2, 1999: Copier repairman Byran Uyesugi, 40, fatally shoots seven people at the Xerox Corp.
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July 20, 1995 | ERIC MALNIC and JEFF LEEDS and BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A city electrician--angered over a poor performance evaluation and fearing that he might be fired--hunted down and shot to death four of his supervisors at the city's Downtown technical center Wednesday before he was disarmed and arrested, police said. Willie Woods, 42, "felt he was being picked on and singled out" by the supervisors and "it seemed he was on the brink of violent action," according to Robert Sipe, a business representative of the union to which Woods has been paying dues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1995
Last week, according to authorities, Willie Woods reached a breaking point. After receiving a series of verbal and written warnings for poor job performance in recent months, the Los Angeles city electrician calmly walked into Downtown's C. Erwin Piper Technical Center with a semiautomatic handgun, police say. Woods now stands accused of methodically gunning down four of his supervisors at the center, where he had worked for 12 years.
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