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This week's featured reader comments

Acquaintances of homicide victims sometimes offer interesting perspectives in the comments section of the Homicide Report. This week brings two such comments.

Jason Miller writes about Christopher Emmett Lane, 24, who was shot to death in February in Long Beach.

Chris played football for me at Compton High School. He was far from an exceptional player, in fact --he just wanted to be a part of something. His yearning to be a part of something led him to trouble at times. Yet Chris, had a great personality and a kind demeanor. He tried to point his life compass in the right direction by joining the military. His brother and sister were always involved in volunteering with the football team, my broken heart goes out to them.

Yaotl Sr's comment about Miguel Angel Rodriguez, 21, who was stabbed to death in Pacoima this month, is in a similar vein.

Our prayers on behalf of the Orozco family. He was a music collaborator with my son. This is so sad to hear. He was a polite and kind young man. Oddly, my son states that he would always speak about death to all of his friends. Its as if he knew he would die young...

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Two reader comments