Monday, July 28, 2008

Should I look?

I'm writing this on Monday night, wondering whether the Daily Bulletin will plop a story about Sunday's homicide on Holt right smack in the middle of their front page. Please don't misunderstand my frustrations, it's not that I don't think homicides deserve coverage. And I understand that homicides are news and therefore, I don't really begrudge an editor for placing the story on the front page. What truly perplexes me is why victims of homicide in other inland cities don't warrant a similar gesture. Aren't those communities equally suffering?

I don't really get it.

And as with all of the homicides, my thoughts go out to family and friends of the homicide victim. Sunday's victim was Larry Trevon Hammett, 46, of Ontario.

As of July 28, I count 8 homicides in the city of Pomona. The locations vary throughout the city with two north of the 10 freeway, four between the 10 freeway and Mission, and the other two south of Mission (I'll post a map at the end of the month). Of the eight victims, two people were stabbed, four were shot, one died from neglect, and one died from cardiac arrest. At least four were the result of domestic violence or neglect.

1 comment:

Garrett Sawyer said...

You know what I think? I think we (Pomona) call out the press too much, that's why more homicides are made public. It makes sense to me...I don't think it's a conspiracy, I just think it's infamy or fame starved people down at the Police department or wherever alerting the press every time a pen drops. lol. But the other cities are smarter than that possibly? Also, some departments put homicides on the news to make their jobs easier with finding suspects, perhaps our department is just lazier? (depends on case though) lol.