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March 25, 1992 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 17-year-old Dorsey High School baseball player died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head while aboard the team bus as it returned from a game Tuesday, police said. Wilford Wright, the team's starting shortstop, was playing Russian roulette in the back of the bus when his .22-caliber pistol went off, said the team's coach, former Dodger outfielder Derrel Thomas. But Los Angeles Police Department investigators said the shooting could have been a suicide.
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September 6, 2001
A man threw his wife from their third-story apartment window Wednesday night, shot her and then killed himself, authorities said. The woman, in her 40s, was in critical condition at a hospital, said Los Angeles Police Officer Jason Lee. The attack occurred about 7 p.m. in the 900 block of Bonnie Brae Street in the Pico-Union district, police said. The man, 60, climbed down from the apartment and shot his wife "a couple of times" as she lay in an alley, Lee said.
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August 27, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A murder suspect facing his third strike under California's penal code barricaded himself inside a friend's apartment and killed himself Wednesday morning after Los Angeles police cornered him and evacuated the neighborhood, including a preschool. Police had an arrest warrant for 23-year-old Ronald Figueroa, wanted in connection with a May drive-by shooting of a 20-year-old woman who was riding in a car with rival gang members in Montecito Heights.
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June 30, 2001
A 35-year-old man died Friday after jumping from the ninth-floor observation deck of the downtown Los Angeles County Courthouse, police said. In December, a woman pushed her two young daughters off the same deck and then jumped. All three died. The name of the man who died Friday was withheld pending notification of relatives. The man, a Los Angeles resident, jumped from the Grand Avenue building about 1:50 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
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July 20, 1989 | TRACY WILKINSON and LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writers
The man who burst through a Lorimar Studios gate and emptied a shotgun into a sound stage before taking his own life had gone to the Culver City lot to confront "Dallas" television star Ken Kercheval, his foil in a bitter dispute over a popcorn business, police said Wednesday. Edward P. Phillips, 43, formerly of Corydon, Ind.
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November 19, 1991
The daughter of television actor Jerry Van Dyke, apparently upset over marital problems, killed herself in her North Hollywood apartment, Los Angeles police said Monday. A friend found the body of Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance, 33, hanging in her bedroom about 5 p.m. Sunday, said Detective Mike Coffey.
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November 17, 1999 | CLAUDIA ELLER and JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
He was one of Hollywood's hottest young agents, an ambitious Armani-clad local kid who started out as an intern from USC sorting mail and practically overnight represented such top talent as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, David Letterman and Dustin Hoffman. On Tuesday morning, Jay Moloney was found hanged from a shower head at his rented Mulholland Drive home, two days after celebrating his 35th birthday at a small dinner party with friends.
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December 2, 2000 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN and RICHARD FAUSSET, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 17-year-old Granada Hills High School senior known for his quirky, intelligent and sometimes dark personality pulled his Toyota MR2 sports car onto the campus parking lot early Friday, set up a video camera and, after turning up the radio, shot himself to death in front of classmates. "It was horrible," said Gina Romero, a 10th-grader who saw the shooting. "He put on some music, I don't know what, set up a camera, then shot himself in the head." Students who watched the 7 a.m.
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October 25, 1994 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A Playa del Rey man who owned Chippendale's--the male strip club--committed suicide in a Downtown jail cell early Monday morning, just hours before he was scheduled to be sentenced to a lengthy prison term for the murder-for-hire of his former business partner. A federal prison spokesman said that correctional officers found Somen (Steve) Banerjee lying dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center shortly before 4 a.m. "Mr.
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June 26, 1996 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She spent her last days at the Van Nuys jail pleading that the pain was overwhelming her frail body. Kathleen Barkley was going through heroin withdrawal, and it was driving her crazy. Dora, a woman housed in the neighboring jail cell, said Barkley had begged jail officers to get her medical treatment. Police, who acknowledge that Barkley asked for assistance, said they did provide Barkley some medical treatment, although they decline to specify what is was. Even so, sometime before 3 a.m.
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June 27, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The coroner's office said Tuesday that the decomposing body of a woman found in a field near Venice's Marina Peninsula neighborhood is that of a filmmaker who disappeared June 12. Scott Carrier of the coroner's office said dental records were used to confirm Wendy Bott's identity. He said her death appears to be a suicide; the official cause of death will be announced in four to six weeks.
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June 25, 2001 | ROBIN SHULMAN GEOFFREY MOHAN and HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The LAPD officer who gunned down a Simi Valley man Saturday over a romantic rivalry was depressed and asked for a gun so he could kill himself before his rage for the other man led to bloodshed, the officer's father said Sunday. "He said, 'I feel so worthless I want you to give me one of your service revolvers,' " said Victor Colello, father of Geno Patrick Colello, who killed Keith Thomas Ewing then turned his weapon on himself.
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February 27, 2001 | ZANTO PEABODY and KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A man shot and critically wounded a Canoga Park woman in the frontyard of her home Monday and then shot himself to death as the limousine driver he hired looked on, police said. The man, whom the victim's sister described as an ex-boyfriend of the woman in his 60s, arrived shortly before 1 p.m. at the home in the 22300 block of Wyandotte Street. The woman, identified as Sherry Schwartz, 54, an IRS auditor, was shot once in the chest and once in the abdomen, police and medical officials said.
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December 23, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET and MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Police on Friday found the body of a Sherman Oaks auto mechanic who authorities believe fatally shot his estranged wife and 13-year-old daughter and critically wounded two older daughters before jumping or falling from a bridge into the Los Angeles River. Police suspect that Gabriel "Gaby" Ghazelian, 49, fatally shot his wife, Zabel, 42, and daughter Garine in the family's minivan Thursday night near Griffith Park.
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December 2, 2000 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN and RICHARD FAUSSET, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 17-year-old Granada Hills High School senior known for his quirky, intelligent and sometimes dark personality pulled his Toyota MR2 sports car onto the campus parking lot early Friday, set up a video camera and, after turning up the radio, shot himself to death in front of classmates. "It was horrible," said Gina Romero, a 10th-grader who saw the shooting. "He put on some music, I don't know what, set up a camera, then shot himself in the head." Students who watched the 7 a.m.
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December 2, 2000 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN and RICHARD FAUSSET, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 17-year-old Granada Hills High School senior known for his quirky, intelligent and sometimes dark personality pulled his Toyota MR2 sports car onto the campus parking lot early Friday, set up a video camera and, after turning up the radio, shot himself to death in front of classmates. "It was horrible," said Gina Romero, a 10th-grader who saw the shooting. "He put on some music, I don't know what, set up a camera, then shot himself in the head." Students who watched the 7 a.m.
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September 13, 1992 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Propped up in her hospital bed, Elizabeth Bouvia is agonizing over the suicide last month of her longtime friend and attorney, Richard Scott. "Jesus, I wish he could have come in and taken me with him. But he wasn't thinking of me. . . ." For almost a decade, Scott led the high-profile fight to give Bouvia, paralyzed since birth by cerebral palsy, the right to starve to death. The issue, he once said, was simple: "Whose life is it, anyway?" In early August, Scott, 54, answered his own question.
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November 16, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A woman apparently intent on killing herself jumped Sunday afternoon from the top of a Sherman Oaks Galleria parking garage, falling six stories onto a 26-year-old security guard, breaking his neck and possibly leaving him paralyzed. In what officials called an act of heroism, Conrad Buchanan tried to catch the woman as she fell. "That's just the way he is," said his mother, Norma Buchanan. "He's always helping people. He assumed he could help her by catching her."
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June 9, 2000
A 37-year-old man driving the wrong way on the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro on Thursday night forced a California Highway Patrol officer from his motorcycle and collided with another vehicle before leaving his pickup truck and jumping to his death in the water. Firefighters had to use machinery to extricate a 41-year-old woman from her car after the pickup truck hit it at about 8 p.m., Los Angeles police Officer Jason Lee said. She was in serious condition at St. Mary Medical Center.
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February 17, 2000 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles police officer who received the Medal of Valor for bravery during the 1997 North Hollywood bank shootout has died, authorities said Wednesday. Sgt. Israel "Sonny" Medina, 39, was found dead Tuesday afternoon in his condominium, an apparent suicide victim, said Lt. Sharyn Buck, an LAPD spokeswoman. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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