LA’s murder stats are down to under 300 for the first time since 1967. There are many possible causes for that single heartening number, all of which is what I chat about with Warren Olney’s winter vacation replacement, Sara Terry, for Which Way LA? which airs at 7 p.m. on KCRW.
Just to be clear, however, while the numbers are improving, the tragedies have not gone away. The Homeboy Industries staffer killed two weeks ago, 27-year-old Luis Diaz, was buried amid much heartache and many, many tears last Thursday. And I just learned of the death of another young man, Cesar Guerrero, who was shot to death on Sunday.
So while the statistics released this week give us something to celebrate, there are still nearly 300 deaths to mourn in our city, just under 170 more in LA County (which has experienced a similar drop in homicide numbers).
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