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August 4, 1995 | JULIE TAMAKI and FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The number of gang-related murders in the San Fernando Valley during the first seven months of the year has nearly matched the total for all of 1994--a dramatic increase in killings that is counter to the trend citywide and comes despite a Latino gang truce. So far this year, Los Angeles police have tallied 27 gang-related killings in the Valley, compared to 29 during all of last year. The number of other gang-related crimes in the Valley is also on the rise compared to the rest of the city.
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May 18, 1997 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN and GREG KRIKORIAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's a warm weekday afternoon in Watts, and a 29-year-old man known as Ray-Ray is open for business inside the Jordan Downs housing project. Shirtless, his big arms bulging even at rest, Ray-Ray sits on a chrome and black vinyl chair set on a small concrete porch. Beside him are the goods he sells to residents of the project: a cardboard box full of Fritos, Oreos and chips, an ice chest stocked with Bud, Olde English 800 and soda.
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May 21, 1992 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of family members and friends crowded into Santa Teresita Church in Boyle Heights on Wednesday and others gathered outside to pay final respects to a woman who had earned a reputation on the streets for respecting her neighbors. Ana Lizarraga, 49, a gang counselor to a generation of youths at the Ramona Gardens housing project in East Los Angeles, was fatally shot last week in an ambush attack by two masked gunmen. A man has been arrested in the slaying and faces murder charges.
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October 26, 1991 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three suspected members of a Panorama City gang were arrested Friday on suspicion of killing the son of former world featherweight boxing champion Bobby Chacon in a gang confrontation earlier this month, Los Angeles police reported. Police said Rene Gomez Gallegos, 18, and a 16-year-old boy were arrested at their homes and Nicholas Alfredo Diaz, 18, was taken into custody at a house in Fresno. A fourth suspect, who has not been identified, was still being sought.
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October 27, 1989 | JOHN KENDALL and PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles murder rate shot up 15.7% for the first nine months of the year, police said Thursday, with the most dramatic increase coming in the Rampart Division, where officers last week launched a high-publicity offensive to quell rampant drug dealing. Citywide, there were 649 murders reported through Sept. 30, compared to 561 for the same period last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1992
Two people were in critical condition after a gang-related shooting at a party Friday night in East Los Angeles that left 11 wounded, authorities said Saturday. The victims, ages 15 to 24, were party guests at a house on South Humphreys Avenue. The area is home to several Latino gangs, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said. Several of the party guests are known gang members, said Deputy Benita Hinojos.
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February 5, 1988
Six people were arrested and a small cache of weapons, drugs and stolen goods were seized when police investigated gunfire during a suspected turf war between rival gangs in Los Angeles' Mid-Wilshire district, police said. No one was injured during the shooting Wednesday night outside 1841 S. Wilton Place, Sgt. Paul Mock said. Officers said they saw someone shooting into the home from a pickup truck and detained the two occupants of the vehicle. A revolver found in the truck was confiscated.
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February 1, 1992 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charlotte Austin stood in court Friday and looked right at the five gang members who fired 11 bullets into the body of her 13-year-old daughter. "You took my child and shot her like she was an animal!" she shouted, her words carrying the strain of the past three angry, painful years. "Your souls are going to hell." But as she spoke, two of the men laughed.
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February 20, 1990 | ELIZABETH VENANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the still of a recent evening, the sobs of gang members resounded within the rough stucco walls of Dolores Mission Catholic Church. Bearing rosaries and wearing sweat shirts inscribed with the epitaph, "Rest in Peace, Trigger," more than 500 mourners filed into the little Boyle Heights sanctuary for the funeral of 17-year-old Richard Paez, shot down at a pizza parlor by a member of a rival gang.
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November 24, 1991 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nothing about Bobby Lavender suggests he is "an OG, triple-X, first-generation" gangster--founding father of the set that later became the Bloods. "No big deal," Lavender demurs. " 'OG' simply stands for 'original gangster' "--a mark of respect bestowed upon former gang leaders who maintain their influence and reputation. A very big deal, others say.
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