A South L.A. neighborhood grapples with a wave of violence
By First Visual Story
The area around Harvard Park was the deadliest place for African Americans in Los Angeles County last year, according to The Times’ Homicide Report. So far this year, six people have been killed. Most of the victims were black men.
One corner. Four killings
The southwest corner of Harvard Park, at West 62nd Street and Harvard Boulevard, has been especially deadly. In the last year-and-a-half, four men have been killed there — while sitting in a car, trying to defuse an argument or walking home from the barber shop or the corner store.
A South L.A. neighborhood stands apart
Harvard Park's 2016 homicide total was its highest in at least 15 years despite a downward trend in killings across L.A. County.
Lives lost in Harvard Park
The 64 homicides in Harvard Park since 2000 were primarily black and Latino males, but the list includes husbands, wives, fathers, mothers of all ages, and even some small children.