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September 14, 2001 | DAVID PIERSON and ERIN PARK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 16-year-old Kennedy High School student, who was walking after school to meet his mother, was shot to death Thursday about 20 feet from the Granada Hills campus, authorities said. A red vehicle pulled up beside Ricky Arriequin and a few friends at 2:55 p.m. near Woodley Avenue and San Fernando Mission Road, police said. A male passenger jumped out and asked Arriequin and his friends what gang they were from and then opened fire, said Los Angeles Police Department Det. Mike Oppelt.
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September 11, 2001 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Hollywood nightclub owner Eddie Nash pleaded guilty Monday to federal racketeering charges, abruptly ending his 20-year cat-and-mouse game with authorities who have long believed he played the lead role in one of Southern California's more lurid murder mysteries. Nash, now 72 and ailing, for years was suspected of ordering the bludgeoning deaths of four people at a Laurel Canyon drug den in 1981.
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August 31, 2001 | From Times staff reports
Police hope the public can help identify a man whose body was found May 1 in a South-Central alley, authorities said. The body of the man, described as a Latino in his mid-30s--was found in an alley east of Long Beach Avenue and south of 57th Street, said LAPD Officer Eduardo Funes. The man had apparently been shot several times, wrapped in a blanket and then dumped in the alley, Funes said. The man had no identification, Funes said.
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August 24, 2001 | From Times staff reports
A 23-year-old man who was wounded in a drive-by shooting Wednesday near Saticoy Street and Oso Avenue died Thursday, police said. Oscar Gomez Serrano of Winnetka and four others were walking about 8:50 p.m. when a car pulled up and someone inside asked what gang they belonged to. When they said they didn't, the person in the car began shooting, police said. A 16-year-old boy who was shot in the leg was in stable condition.
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August 24, 2001 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jose Armando Pulido often said that his 3-year-old girl Maricruz was "my eyes, my life, my everything." As he waited for dinner late Wednesday, the hotel worker did what he often liked to do--he took a walk with Maricruz. But as they stepped out of their apartment complex on the 500 block of Coronado Street near Sunset Boulevard, a man walked up to Pulido, 43, and shot him repeatedly, police said.
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August 24, 2001 | From Times staff reports
A woman whose body was found July 4 in a shallow grave overlooking a bluff has been identified as 23-year-old Claudia Flores, authorities said. Flores had been reported missing from a home in the 1000 block of Windsor Boulevard near Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles on June 12, said LAPD Officer Jason Lee. Flores may have been killed several miles from the 15900 block of Asilomar Boulevard in Pacific Palisades, where she was found, Lee said.
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August 23, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A 50-year-old man standing outside of his home smoking a cigarette was shot in the head and killed late Wednesday, police said. Three men were taken into custody after they were seen running from the man's home on Coronado Street near West Sunset Boulevard, said Sgt. Sabrina Kuhn of the Rampart station. The shooting occurred about 8:30 p.m., Kuhn said.
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August 23, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They were the odd couple of the strip club world--the brawny enforcer who ruled with his fists and the brainy executive, nearly a foot shorter, who handled the books. Horace McKenna and Michael Woods ran a chain of Los Angeles County strip clubs for more than a decade, until one night in 1989, when their partnership ended with machine-gun fire.
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August 22, 2001 | From a Times staff writer
In the four years before she was slain Aug. 6 by early morning stray gunfire from outside her South-Central Los Angeles home, Maria Villalvazo was an indispensable assistant to tax attorney Carol Perrin in Santa Monica. Now Perrin's employer, the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, is trying to ensure that Villalvazo's 7-year-old daughter will never lack for an education. The firm has established the Maria Villalvazo Memorial Education Trust to benefit the girl, Armida.
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August 18, 2001 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ and IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The father of a 3-year-old girl allegedly killed by his live-in girlfriend struggled Friday to deal with his grief while defending his lover and trying to find the money to bury his daughter. For Jose Mejia, it all began around 4 p.m. Wednesday when his girlfriend, Genera Valle, reached him at the nearby marble factory where he works. "She said my daughter had fallen while she was eating," Mejia said. "I dropped the phone and just flew home."
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