Saddened cousin

Maribel, a cousin of Richard Herrera, 23, a La Puente man who was gunned down at the Food For Less in Baldwin Park on Saturday left this comment today. I’m quoting it here because I’m sure it goes to the heart of how many family members feel in the aftermath of such a tragedy.

my consin recently died from a gun shoot wound that 2 asian and one black person did they took someone that didn’t deserve to die he was only 23 years old this happen in bladwin park food for less on saturday early morning he wasn’t a gang member he was a great person love everywhone he didn’t deserve to die that way we can’t believe he is gone my family is takeing really bad we are a very close family he is the first person in are family to die of a muder someone so kind so loveable so full of life is gone not only did they kill my consin but they also put a hole in are hearts it will never be the same without are consin richard he left behind 2 older bothers 3 younger sisters a mom and dad and all his consins aunts and uncles that are to much to count but i don’t understand why my consin had to die this way.

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RIP (Part II)

He was easy to make fun of, and Dan Akroyd did it best, but Tom Snyder was a great interviewer. In his own way, he was an innovator, perfecting talk television with an eclectic variety of guests including Charles Manson, John Lennon and Ayn Rand.
About the only personal note I can add is that Snyder was great entertainment when pulling a midterm all nighter.

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RIP

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Aram has a nice tribute to the genius on his blog this a.m. I’m a Vince Lombardi guy. But, having lived in the Bay Area at the beginning of the 49ers great run in the 1980s. I’m old enough to remember where I was when Dwight Clark made the catch, and I’ll never forget how Walsh took a team that was the laughingstock of the NFL and turned it into one of the premier franchises in all professional sports.

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You think Fox News will be all over this one?

AP ran a story on mydeathspace this morning. It does exactly what it says; provide a listing of dead MySpace-ers. The story includes a refrence to a Covina man, who died in Iraq late last year.
BTW, myspace is an important tool here on the crime desk. We’ve used it to profile victims, suspects and even sources. Usually, when they get wise they take it private, but that’s how it goes.

UPDATE (broken link fixed)

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Bad weekend for LAPD

Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the shooting death of a former LAPD officer, apparently shot to death as he changed a tire late Sunday night. The details of the case initially seem similar to the shooting death of Michael Miller on the Long Beach (710) Freeway on June 12.
The news follows on the heels of a horrific accident that claimed the life of an LAPD motor on the 101 Sunday and the discovery of an LAPD officer whose car had gone off the side of the Ventura (101) Freeway (also Sunday).

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Pasadena and the Halloween Homicides

Looks like the Times topped a planned weekender on Pasadena violence with news of the double homicide that occurred Friday morning. There are also some references to how Pasadena changed after the 1993 Halloween Homicides. One of the best takes on how the triple murder of three innocent teens changed Pasadena was done by the AP’s Deborah Hastings following the 1996 death penalty verdict in the case.
We alluded to the case here
I’m going to write more on the Halloween Homicides during the week.

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