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May 24, 1985 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles gang member was convicted Thursday of four counts of first-degree murder in the mistaken-identity shootings of four relatives of retired professional football star Kermit Alexander. Horace Burns, 20, sat motionless as the jury--which must next decide whether Burns receives the death penalty or life in prison without possibility of parole--announced its verdict to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz.
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OPINION
January 4, 2011
The wrong war Re "Mexico army no match for drug cartels," Dec. 30 One tell-tale sign that your country is ruled by a combination of opportunists, hypocrites and dogmatists is if it wages a "war on drugs. " Mexico's rulers, at the urging of our rulers, are waging that war. They have sent in the army to defeat the drug cartels. The police have already lost the war, and it's now the army's to lose. The United States may next turn to the Mexican navy to step in so it can have a turn at losing the war. It's pathetic and nearly incredible that American authorities have learned absolutely nothing from the failure of alcohol prohibition.
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OPINION
May 24, 1992
I agree with the intense reaction to the killing of 50-plus people and the destruction of businesses and personal property, a reaction that seems appropriate. But why wasn't there any similar reaction to the gang warfare that killed more than 1,000 people in Los Angeles over the last year? Is it the loss of property that mobilized our President, vice president and countless politicians? Why did not one of them sympathize with the families of those killed from drive-by cars? When will we see action against senseless shootings of so many innocent bystanders?
OPINION
November 6, 2010
In the hurly-burly of an election week, it would have been easy to overlook the death of one little boy in a gang shooting. Such deaths are not infrequent enough in Los Angeles to be considered unusual; too often, children living in tough neighborhoods are caught in the crossfire of the youths and adults warring around them. But that's not what happened to 5-year-old Aaron Shannon Jr. Dressed in his Spider-Man costume for Halloween and showing it off to his grandfather and uncle in the family's backyard, he was, by all appearances, intentionally gunned down Sunday.
OPINION
January 4, 2011
The wrong war Re "Mexico army no match for drug cartels," Dec. 30 One tell-tale sign that your country is ruled by a combination of opportunists, hypocrites and dogmatists is if it wages a "war on drugs. " Mexico's rulers, at the urging of our rulers, are waging that war. They have sent in the army to defeat the drug cartels. The police have already lost the war, and it's now the army's to lose. The United States may next turn to the Mexican navy to step in so it can have a turn at losing the war. It's pathetic and nearly incredible that American authorities have learned absolutely nothing from the failure of alcohol prohibition.
NEWS
August 22, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A gunman killed two Protestant militants in one of a series of shooting and arson attacks linked to a deepening turf war among Northern Ireland's pro-British "loyalist" gangs. About 100 British soldiers were deployed in the most violent areas of Belfast, the provincial capital, to back up police. Friends of one of the slain men, a leading member of the Ulster Defense Assn., blamed the rival Ulster Volunteer Force and vowed revenge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1993
There's a certain numbness that sets in these days when reading about the deaths of innocent victims trapped in gang shootouts, an unfortunate measure of how widespread the problem has become. But the death of Lazaro Omar Acosta Jr. was so appalling as to break through the veneer of insensitivity. Acosta was 15. He was preparing to go on a religious retreat with his mother. Before reaching the church, his parents pulled into a convenience store parking lot in Orange.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER
One man was killed and another seriously wounded Wednesday morning during an incident described by police as a showdown between rival Los Angeles County gang members. Police are withholding the names of the victims in the 12:25 a.m. shooting, which took place in the parking lot of a vacant restaurant in the 1100 block of Euclid Street, but they described the dead man as a 20-year-old gang member from Long Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1987 | CRAIG QUINTANA, Times Staff Writer
A 16-year-old youth died and two companions were seriously wounded Friday morning in an exchange of gunfire near Crenshaw Boulevard and the Santa Monica Freeway in Los Angeles that left their stolen car riddled with more than 40 bullets. Police said they believe the incident was gang-related and that the degree of violence, which left the inside of the car speckled with blood and broken glass, represents an escalation in gang warfare.
OPINION
June 5, 1988 | J. Stanley Sanders, Attorney J. Stanley Sanders, a member of the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Commission, is a former Rhodes scholar who grew up in Watts.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue describes more than just a June bride's wedding-day attire; it also sums up the current hysteria of gang violence and warfare in South-Central Los Angeles. The something old we have all seen before. Anybody who knows anything at all about inner-city black communities in this country, regardless of the region, knows that black-on-black violence has been around long before the "gang-banging" on the streets of Los Angeles.
WORLD
October 22, 2009 | Marcelo Soares and Chris Kraul
Reporting from Bogota, Colombia, and Sao Paulo, Brazil -- Rio de Janeiro police on Wednesday announced seven more deaths and 17 arrests as drug-fueled violence continued to sweep over parts of the city that this month was named to host the 2016 Olympics. The death toll has risen to 33 since Saturday, when rival gangs launched a turf war for control of drug trafficking in several favelas , or shantytowns, interspersed among Rio's luxury hotels and residential areas. Gangs are suspected of using high-caliber weapons to shoot down a helicopter on Saturday near the Morro dos Macacos slum, which remains the scene of fighting between rival gangs and police trying to subdue them.
OPINION
October 7, 2006
Re "His Corps Value Was Bravery," Column One, Oct. 3 If an individual were to kill 11 people in house-to-house gang warfare in South Los Angeles, we wouldn't call him a hero; we'd call him a bloodthirsty, homicidal maniac. We would fear for the future of our city. But when it's war, we nominate these individuals for one of the nation's highest honors. We spend several hundred billion dollars to send thousands of our young adults overseas so they can engage in this kind of behavior in someone else's country.
WORLD
June 26, 2006 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Just a short walk from the gang-ruled slum he calls home, on a street he was afraid to tread less than six months ago, Eligene Mondesir has found the first paying job of his 55-year lifetime. It's smelly, exhausting work, shoveling garbage from the gutters in the withering tropical heat. But Mondesir, like the 1,750 others hired by a foreign relief group, is grateful for the $2 daily wage that allows him to feed more than a dozen family members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2003 | Holly J. Wolcott, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County, routinely ranked among the most crime-free urban areas in the nation, saw the number of homicides more than double in 2003, a spike that authorities blame on sweeping state budget cuts and increasing gang warfare. As of late Tuesday, there were 49 homicides reported in the county's cities and unincorporated areas, the largest number since 1979 when 59 were reported, according to officials at the Ventura County medical examiner's office. By comparison, there were 24 homicides the previous year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2003 | Akilah Johnson, Times Staff Writer
A gang member serving a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole should be executed for killing three men in South Los Angeles in 1994, a jury declared Tuesday. After the jury foreman read the decision, Marcus Adams, 32, turned and smirked at the families of Lamar Armstrong, Dayland Hicks and Trevon Boyd. "Let him go on ahead," said Doris Hayes, Armstrong's mother. "I got my justice." Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Lance Ito set June 18 for the next hearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2002 | Mitchell Landsberg and John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writers
Nobody needs to tell Stephanie Johnson about the human cost of gang warfare in Los Angeles. Bound up somewhere in the police logs of victims is the name of her firstborn son. Aaron Heard was 19 and not associated with any gang when he was gunned down in July 1992, the first person to be killed after a much-touted truce that was hailed as the beginning of the end of gang warfare in the city. Heard was standing in front of his grandmother's South L.A. home. Gang members mistook him for a rival.
SPORTS
September 22, 2001
"Maybe our hits looked unsportsmanlike to them, but that's the way we play." Banning Coach Ed Lalau after the Sept. 7 game against Newhall Hart. Let me clue this idiot in. It's apparent that they maybe looked a bit unsportsmanlike to the officials as well. If the school administration condones this type of behavior, then perhaps it should be disciplined as well. This coach needs to be suspended for several games and perhaps the league should monitor his future games. That was gang warfare, not sports.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2001 | OFELIA CASILLAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dan Jaramillo, a Los Angeles Police Department gang detective in the Hollenbeck Division, looked for the usual spent casings and bullet holes when he received a call in October to investigate the shooting of a 10-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man. It was clear from the start that it was a gang hit. But which gang? Hollenbeck police say there are 37 in the East Los Angeles area. As it turned out, the killers might as well have left a signed confession.
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