The Los Angeles Times has compiled a database of all Los Angeles County homicide victims since 2007. It's spooky, because it's not simply dry crime data. You can do more than learn dates, ages, and names. Behind every victim is a person, and the site tells the story of the person's death.
Accompanying each murder victim's photograph is a description of his or her death. For example:
Philip Victor Williamson, a 29-year old white man, was found wounded in an alley in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue on Thursday March 24 by a passerby, according to the Long Beach Police Department. Coroner's officials reported the location of his death as the 1500 block of Pacific Avenue which is a short distance away.
Amanda Cooper, a 10-year-old Latina, died Saturday, Nov. 27, in the 4800 block of West 132nd Street, which is on the border of Del Aire and Hawthorne, according to authorities.
Deputies arrived at the home about 7:20 a.m. on a rescue call, said Sgt. Richard Pena of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
"They found an unresponsive 10-year-old white female," he said. "The girl was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead."
Emergency room doctors said the girl’s body showed evidence that she had been sexually assaulted, a possibility also noted in the coroner’s records.
Yet it's the world in which we live, and it makes no sense to hide from it.