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  • A son died on Christmas four years ago, and a killer is still at large

    A son died on Christmas four years ago, and a killer is still at large

    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.

  • Man charged in killing, robbery of transgender woman and rape of 11-year-old girl

    Man charged in killing, robbery of transgender woman and rape of 11-year-old girl

    A 30-year-old Inglewood man was charged Monday with shooting a 21-year-old transgender woman during a robbery and forcing an 11-year-old girl into prostitution, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Robert James Spells was charged with one count of capital murder with...

  • Last words of transgender woman killed in South L.A. key to probe, police say

    Last words of transgender woman killed in South L.A. key to probe, police say

    Deshawnda “Ta-Ta” Sanchez’s last words were captured in a 911 call. On Dec. 3, 2014, about 4 a.m., Sanchez, a 21-year-old transgender woman, was trying to escape an attacker in the 6100 block of South Wilton Place in Chesterfield Square. She told a dispatcher that she had been attacked and robbed....

  • Police searching for gunman in fatal robbery of transgender woman

    Police searching for gunman in fatal robbery of transgender woman

    Police are searching for a gunman who robbed and fatally shot a 21-year-old transgender woman in Chesterfield Square early Wednesday morning. Residents in the area called 911 about 4 a.m. to report a robbery in the 6100 block of South Wilton Place, said Det. Chris Barling of the Los Angeles Police...

  • LAPD shooting of mentally ill man stirs criticism, questions

    LAPD shooting of mentally ill man stirs criticism, questions

    The fatal shooting of a mentally ill man by Los Angeles police officers has stirred outrage in a South Los Angeles neighborhood amid differing accounts over what happened. Facing questions over the incident, the LAPD released a detailed narrative of the confrontation, alleging that the man tackled...

  • Parents of man slain by LAPD say his mental illness was well known

    Parents of man slain by LAPD say his mental illness was well known

    The parents of a 25-year-old man fatally shot by Los Angeles police Monday said they were confused by the circumstances of their son's death, saying everyone in the neighborhood -- including police -- knew he was mentally ill. On Tuesday, with activists abuzz over the incident, Tritobia Ford, 42,...

  • 17-year-old arrested in fatal car-to-car shooting on 110 Freeway
    17-year-old arrested in fatal car-to-car shooting on 110 Freeway

    A 17-year-old male has been arrested in the fatal car-to-car shooting last month of a man on the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles that detectives believe was gang-related, authorities said Thursday.

    The teenager, who as a juvenile was not publicly identified, was taken into custody Wednesday by...

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