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December 25, 2013 | By KTLA-5
A vigil took place on Christmas Eve at the site in South Los Angeles where a 35-year-old man was stabbed to death in an attack that has left police searching for the killer and a motive. William Jennings died about 10:30 p.m. Friday after a confrontation in the 3300 block of West Jefferson Boulevard in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. He and his wife had just walked home from a Christmas party, according to relatives, when he went to the corner store. During that quick trip, he was approached by another man who pulled out a knife and stabbed Jennings after a brief dispute, according to police.
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December 14, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
In one photo Claire Davis wears a riding cap, nuzzling a horse. Diffused sunlight illuminates green grass and a white picket fence. Now the high school senior lies in a hospital room. Outside, a community prays that she will survive a gunshot wound to the head. Police identified Davis, 17, as the student who was shot Friday at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. She remained in critical condition Saturday, hospital officials said. She was the lone victim of Karl Halverson Pierson, 18, who entered the school looking for a librarian, officials said.
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December 12, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - Solemn moments of prayer and the singing of hymns contrasted with calls for political action during a vigil at the Washington National Cathedral on Thursday, almost a year after 20 children and six adults were gunned down at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The sermons and speeches during the vigil aimed to console, as well as to demand action on gun-control laws. “A year ago next Sunday I said from this pulpit behind me that the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby,” said the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
As Los Angeles County and union negotiators bargained in a building on the grounds of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Tuesday evening, more than 100 county workers held a candlelight vigil outside the downtown landmark and called on the county to meet their demands. “Let's make some noise for those upstairs to let them know we're here and we will not be moved,” the Rev. William Smart of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference cried into a bullhorn, addressing members of SEIU 721, the largest public-employee union in the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Rosanna Xia and Doug Smith
Amid the wreckage from the Northridge earthquake in 1994, no city took more decisive action than Santa Monica. The City Council ordered its staff to find vulnerable wooden apartment and concrete buildings and require the owners to strengthen or demolish them. The city hired experts to help with the task. The council stood firm even when property owners protested the costs. But as shock over the deadly earthquake faded, so did Santa Monica's resolve. After several years of aggressive work, City Hall quietly stopped enforcing what were the strongest municipal quake regulations in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday night in Pomona to mourn the loss of a beloved youth minister who was gunned down after leaving a birthday party. Daniel Diaz worked as a youth pastor at his parents' New Beginnings Community Church in Baldwin Park. He and a friend had taken three youths out to the movies Sunday night. The group had just dropped off a boy at his home near Park Avenue and Mayfair Street when the shooting occurred, friends said. “My son was an incredible young man and he helped a lot of people,” David Diaz said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
A 14-year-old boy who was shot and killed Saturday night while walking home in Vermont Square was remembered Monday as a quiet child who liked video games and occasionally played basketball. Elawnza Peebles, dressed in a gray sweatshirt and jeans, was walking down Kansas Avenue about 9:40 p.m. when he was killed. Detectives don't know if the gunman was on foot or in a vehicle, and are hoping for witnesses to come forward. HOMICIDE REPORT: TRACKING KILLINGS IN L.A. COUNTY Saturday night, Porshea Merritt was standing on her porch a few houses down when her cousin told her someone had been shot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 9-year-old boy is fighting for his life after a six-vehicle crash in Lodi killed five of his family members, police said. Eden Miranda remained in critical condition Thursday at UC Davis Medical Center after the collision Tuesday killed three of his siblings as well as his father and pregnant mother, Sacramento's Fox 40 reported. About 250 people attended a vigil Wednesday night for Stephanie Miranda, 4; Jose Miranda, 5; Irving Miranda, 11; Luis Miranda, 30; and Vivian Rodriguez, 31, who was pregnant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
Walnut Creek, Calif.--On Sunday evening, more than 100 Bay Area Rapid Transit employees gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember two workers who were struck and killed over the weekend by a commuter train while conducting a track inspection.   Many of the workers were dressed in their work uniforms or purple and green union T-shirts. Most held candles, hugged each other and quietly talked among themselves.  At one point, the group formed a circle and some came forward and spoke of their grief and sadness, calling the accident “senseless.”  Holding a candle with tears running down his face, Nucion Avent, a BART worker and union member, said he knew both men who were killed.
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September 30, 2013 | By Martha Groves
A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night for victims of a fiery car crash in Burbank that left five people dead and one injured. The single-car crash occurred at about 4:10 a.m. Saturday near the Scott Road offramp of the 5 Freeway. In a statement, Burbank police said it appeared that the Nissan involved in the crash was traveling south on San Fernando Boulevard at a high rate of speed, lost control and slammed into a concrete abutment. Officers who arrived at the scene found the sedan ablaze, authorities said.
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