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June 17, 1990 | DANA PARSONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a former gang member, Ralph Rodriguez knew all about the code of silence. He understood the pay-back. He knew what could happen to rats who cooperate with police. He knew that when it comes to wars of the barrio, pity the fool who treads where he doesn't belong. Burdened with all that knowledge, Rodriguez had some serious thinking to do the night of Sept. 16 as he paced the corridors at AMI Medical Center of Garden Grove. Two hours earlier, around 7:40 p.m.
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February 10, 1991 | DANA PARSONS
For awhile, it was easy to picture a happy ending for the Ralph Rodriguez story. He's the Santa Ana man who lives in the middle of 5th Street gang territory with his wife and four children. That was no big deal until September of 1989, when a gang-related drive-by shooting on a nearby Garden Grove street altered the course of the Rodriguez family.
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August 8, 1990 | Researched by Dallas M. Jackson / Los Angeles Times
Sept. 16, 1989--In retaliation against members of the 17th Street gang, members of Santa Ana's 5th Street gang drive up to a house on La Bonita Avenue in Garden Grove and spray a crowd of about a dozen people with semiautomatic rifle fire. In the wake of the carnage, six people are wounded and two left dead, including a 4-year-old boy. Sept. 17--Ralph Rodriguez assists police in breaking the gang "code of silence" by persuading eyewitnesses to testify. Oct.
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December 2, 1990 | DANA PARSONS
We're taught as reporters not to get too close to the people we write about. Maintaining distance is considered the best way to stay objective. But in 20 years in this business, I can't think of anyone who's affected me the way the Ralph Rodriguez family did. That's why I had such an angry, vile reaction when one of our reporters called Saturday morning and said there'd been a drive-by shooting Thursday night at Rodriguez's home in Santa Ana. It was the call I had feared would come someday.
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December 2, 1990 | DANA PARSONS
We're taught as reporters not to get too close to the people we write about. Maintaining distance is considered the best way to stay objective. But in 20 years in this business, I can't think of anyone who's affected me the way the Ralph Rodriguez family did. That's why I had such an angry, vile reaction when one of our reporters called Saturday morning and said there'd been a drive-by shooting Thursday night at Rodriguez's home in Santa Ana. It was the call I had feared would come someday.
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August 8, 1990 | MARIA NEWMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hours before guilty verdicts were announced Tuesday in the trial of three youths blamed for Orange County's worst gang attack, Ralph Rodriguez sat in his living room, saying he would never again step forward as a witness to a crime. "We'll never be the same," Rodriguez said. "The truth is, we'll never be safe." Since he decided last year to cooperate with police after his cousin's 4-year-old boy was cut down by gunfire in the bloody gang pay-back, Rodriguez's life has been turned inside out.
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February 10, 1991 | DANA PARSONS
For awhile, it was easy to picture a happy ending for the Ralph Rodriguez story. He's the Santa Ana man who lives in the middle of 5th Street gang territory with his wife and four children. That was no big deal until September of 1989, when a gang-related drive-by shooting on a nearby Garden Grove street altered the course of the Rodriguez family.
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February 22, 1995
A 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles City Fire Department who teachers youngsters about fire safety and prevention during his time off was honored Tuesday as the 1994 firefighter of the year by the Los Angeles City Firefighters Assn. Ralph Rodriguez, an officer at Station No. 2 in Boyle Heights, was honored for his commitment to firefighting, community activism and selfless acts, an organization spokesman said.
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January 6, 1990 | STEPHEN C. CHAVEZ and JIM CARLTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Isabel and Ralph Rodriguez and their four young children have been living under siege. After 14 years of peace on a residential block in Santa Ana, the Rodriguez family witnessed one of Orange County's worst drive-by shootings last September. Ever since, members of a notorious street gang have terrorized the family to frighten it out of testifying against their "home boys." "We have been living three months now in pure hell," Isabel Rodriguez said Friday, her voice filled with frustration.
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August 8, 1990 | Researched by Dallas M. Jackson / Los Angeles Times
THE VICTIMS Frank Fernandez Jr., 4, was killed during the shootings as he sat in a car. It was his murder that prompted witnesses to come forward and testify. Miguel (Smokey) Navarro, 18, a member of the rival 17th Street Gang, was also killed in the drive-by shooting. Wounded: Inez Hernandez, 18; Richard Rendon, 26, who later had to have his left leg amputated above the knee; Anthony Carmona, 26; Jenny Hernandez, 21; Irene Fernandez, 23; Christopher Fernandez, 2, younger brother of slain boy.
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August 8, 1990 | MARIA NEWMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hours before guilty verdicts were announced Tuesday in the trial of three youths blamed for Orange County's worst gang attack, Ralph Rodriguez sat in his living room, saying he would never again step forward as a witness to a crime. "We'll never be the same," Rodriguez said. "The truth is, we'll never be safe." Since he decided last year to cooperate with police after his cousin's 4-year-old boy was cut down by gunfire in the bloody gang pay-back, Rodriguez's life has been turned inside out.
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August 8, 1990 | Researched by Dallas M. Jackson / Los Angeles Times
Sept. 16, 1989--In retaliation against members of the 17th Street gang, members of Santa Ana's 5th Street gang drive up to a house on La Bonita Avenue in Garden Grove and spray a crowd of about a dozen people with semiautomatic rifle fire. In the wake of the carnage, six people are wounded and two left dead, including a 4-year-old boy. Sept. 17--Ralph Rodriguez assists police in breaking the gang "code of silence" by persuading eyewitnesses to testify. Oct.
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June 17, 1990 | DANA PARSONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a former gang member, Ralph Rodriguez knew all about the code of silence. He understood the pay-back. He knew what could happen to rats who cooperate with police. He knew that when it comes to wars of the barrio, pity the fool who treads where he doesn't belong. Burdened with all that knowledge, Rodriguez had some serious thinking to do the night of Sept. 16 as he paced the corridors at AMI Medical Center of Garden Grove. Two hours earlier, around 7:40 p.m.
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August 10, 1990
Murder convictions this week in Orange County's worst gang shootings resulted in a bitter courtroom scene, a sign the gang war isn't over. In the incident last year on La Bonita Avenue in Garden Grove, six people were injured, and a teen-ager and a 4-year-old boy, Frank Fernandez Jr., were killed. That helped make 1989 Orange County's bloodiest year ever for gang killings. This year is worse--so far 19 gang-related homicides.
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February 9, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
During its 13-year history, the American Heart Assn.'s annual Heart Run and Walk has never experienced rain. Thanks to good timing Sunday, the event again took place in favorable weather through the streets of Woodland Hills before overcast skies and rain moved into the Valley.
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