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Poinsettia Park

The family of Katan Khaimov visits a makeshift shrine at the spot on Romaine Street where he lay mortally wounded. From left are his wife, Tamara Khaimova; daughter Olga Khaimova; her boyfriend, Varian Penny; and the victim’s son Arkadiy Khaimov. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
A note of condolence sits at the site where Khaimov lay after being stabbed in the stomach. Despite his cries for help, no one called the police for more than an hour. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
A flier seeks information and announces a reward in the slaying. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Katan Khaimov, during a trip to Hawaii in 2006. “He was just a wonderful man,” his wife said. “He liked to live.” ()
Residents hold a neighborhood watch meeting of block captains at the home of Melvy Murguia, third from right. Murguia, 45, is a business and career coach who has lived in the neighborhood nearly her entire life. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Dog owners congregate at an entrance to Poinsettia Park. Katan Khaimov was found dying nearby late one night. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Eric Carillo, 6, takes his turn at bat as his teammates look on at Poinsettia Park. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Poinsettia Park is the center of diverse activity. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)