The victims vary in age. They were killed in upscale Stevenson Ranch and on the most dangerous streets of South L.A. The specifics may differ, but the homicides of women in Los Angeles County this year take on a deadly rhythm.
It's been nearly 20 years since LaWanda Hawkins got the call that would change her life: Her 19-year-old son, Reginald, had been found shot to death off Harbor Boulevard in San Pedro.
By all accounts, the act was brazen. At least one person walked into the Jordan Downs housing development last month and opened fire, wounding three people.
In March, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced charges in the killing of Brenda Sierra, an East Los Angeles teenager who vanished while on her way to school in 2002.
A high-profile shooting can taint a gang's business dealings, so the certainty of a walk-up may be preferred to a drive-by.
With the killer still at large, Brandon Shorts' family's hopes for justice hinge on whether more witnesses will come forward and talk to investigators about the 2010 shooting.