Don’t cry too long, pastors and church elders told the mourners — Victor Eugene Alford has gone home to rest in peace. But at Alford’s funeral in Watts, Bishop York Milton’s message was struggling to break through the congregants’ grief. A few programs waved in the pews.
Then Victor Alford’s 4-year-old son, Caleb, got up. His rendition of “He’s Able” roused the mourners from their seats and into the aisles, waving their hands variously in praise and pain.
“It feels like my anchor has left me,” Marcus Alford, Victor’s brother, said later. “He was with me for the long haul, and now I’m just here, floating.”
Victor Alford died May 25 at age 37. Ten days earlier, he was found lying on the ground in Long Beach, where he lived, with a gunshot wound to the chest. Family members said he was driving to ...
Thomas Roland Gray Jr., a 29-year-old black man, died Saturday, June 18, two days after he was shot in the 1600 block of Cactus Drive in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Gray, a resident of Palmdale, was visiting a friend at his apartment on Thursday, June 16, when someone knocked at the door about 10 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Rosson.
When the friend answered the door, he told investigators he was hit over the head and remembered hearing a gunshot before he passed out, Rosson said.
When the friend came to, he discovered Gray had been shot and nearly $2,000 in cash and other items were gone from the apartment, Rosson said.
Gray and his friend were taken to a nearby hospital. Gray had been shot multiple times in the upper torso, Rosson said. He was ...
Mike Sebastian Cortez-Marquez, a 19-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Thursday, June 16, at Inglewood and Marine avenues in Redondo Beach, near its boundary with Lawndale, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Cortez-Marquez and a friend drove to a gas station at the southwest corner of the intersection about 4 p.m. and while there got into an argument with Erik Martinez, a 19-year-old Latino, said Redondo Beach Police Sgt. Michael Martinez.
Erik Martinez walked away to the street, and Cortez-Marquez’s friend ran after him into the crosswalk, where the two began fighting, Michael Martinez said.
Cortez-Marquez “went to help his friend,” the police sergeant said, “and the suspect pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot at both of them, right in the crosswalk.”
The friend was taken to a hospital, where he is expected to recover, Michael Martinez said. Cortez-Marquez was ...
Balham Mitchell Frierson, a 45-year-old black man, was fatally shot Thursday, June 16, in the 4300 block of Garthwaite Avenue in Leimert Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 2:30 p.m., Frierson was shot in front of an apartment complex entryway, said Los Angeles Police Det. Rick Gordon. The assailant walked up and shot Frierson, then ran north on Garthwaite Avenue, Gordon said.
Investigators think the killing was the result of a personal dispute, Gordon said.
Frierson was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:50 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Anyone with information is asked to call Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (323) 786-5110. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Actor Michael Jace, who portrayed a police officer in “The Shield,” was sentenced June 10 to 40 years to life in state prison for fatally shooting his wife in front of their children, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Jace, 53, was found guilty last month of second-degree murder for killing April Denise Jace, although he insisted he didn’t mean to kill his wife.
"There is absolutely no justification for my actions on that night," Jace told his wife's relatives in court. "I am profoundly sorry for the pain that I've caused everyone."
April Jace's mother, Kay Henry, angrily shook her head and walked out of the courtroom in the middle of his comments.
Henry addressed the court before Jace did, weeping as she talked about her daughter, saying the night she was killed, "we both died."
"My first thought ...
A man was sentenced June 8 to two consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole for killing two people during two weeks of robberies in 2011, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
On March 11, Jabaar Vincent Thomas, 31, was found guilty of the first-degree murders of Gabriel Aron Ben-Meir and Marcelo Aragon.
Aragon was killed April 30, 2011, in front of a residence in Los Angeles' Pico-Union neighborhood, prosecutors said. About a week later, on May 8, Ben-Meir, an MTV music coordinator, was killed as he returned from grocery shopping in Mid-Wilshire, prosecutors added.
Thomas was also convicted of five counts of second-degree robbery, three counts of attempted robbery, and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm, according to prosecutors.
In May 2011, Thomas was arrested and charged along with two accomplices, Destiny Young, 35, and Richard Edward ...
A transient man was found guilty June 8 for killing two women in 2001 and 2002, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
According to evidence presented at trial, Ovsak was found strangled in an abandoned Santa Monica home on April 5, 2001. More than a year later, on Oct. 29, 2002, Caper was found strangled below the bluffs in Santa Monica, prosecutors said. Both women were transients in the area, and investigators said both had been sexually assaulted.
DNA evidence was traced to Gross in 2007, and he was arrested in 2012, according to prosecutors.
Gross was tried in 2015, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict. The case was retried in March ...
For Saieed Ivey, the towering palm trees and bright skies of Los Angeles made it an ideal place to pursue his dreams of playing in the NBA.
His hometown of Chicago was in the grip of a wave of shootings, and Ivey’s own family knew the heartache such violence could bring. His half-brother was fatally shot six years ago.
So Ivey left home and headed to play basketball at East Los Angeles College, moving into an apartment with his brother in Monterey Park, a suburb that has not seen a killing in more than a year.
Last week, a single gunshot shattered the false sense of security. Ten months after moving to Los Angeles, Ivey was found shot to death in the backseat of a Mercedes-Benz on June 9 – his 20th birthday.
His killing evoked eerie memories of the death of his 21-year-old half-brother, Mario Hines, who was gunned ...
Joshua Williams, a 24-year-old black man, was fatally shot Tuesday, June 14, in the 7900 block of South Van Ness Avenue in Inglewood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 5:36 p.m., officers from the Inglewood Police Department responded to a call of a shooting victim and found Williams in the street with “at least one gunshot wound,” according to a news release from the department.
Williams was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m., according to coroner’s records. Police said they will not yet release further information about the incident.
Williams attended Oregon State University in 2011 and 2012 and was on the football team, according to the school. Williams transferred to Kentucky State University and played football there in 2014 and 2015, said Diane Hawkins, the director of communications for the university.
Williams was due to ...
Kris Malcolm Anderson, a 57-year-old white man, died Sunday, June 12, after he was struck in the head and torso in the 1300 block of 5th Street in Santa Monica, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Anderson was found unconscious on 5th Street about 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11, with “substantial head trauma” and stab wounds, according to a news release from the Santa Monica Police Department.
He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:40 a.m., from blunt force trauma to his head and torso, and a stab wound to his face, according to coroner’s records.
About an hour before Anderson was found, he had been involved in a scuffle at the Santa Monica Pier, where a Navy SEAL named Theo Andrew Krah accused him to taking inappropriate photos of young girls, The Times reported ...
Jose Rene Espinoza, a 46-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Saturday, June 11, at Union Pacific Avenue and Bonnie Beach Place in Boyle Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were called to the area about 12:29 a.m. on a “shots fired” call, said Lt. Steve Jauch.
When they arrived, the deputies found Espinoza lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound, Jauch said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:51 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Investigators believe Espinoza was shot where he was found, based on evidence found at the scene, Jauch said.
Espinoza lived in San Fernando, he said, and investigators don’t know why he was in the area. They have no information about suspects or a motive for the slaying.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff ...