Heading south on Silver Lake Boulevard yesterday afternoon I found Parkman Avenue festooned with police tape and police officers all the way up to Sunset Boulevard. Hostage situation, perhaps? Nah, the cops were tense but casual, none with guns drawn or behind cover. Onlookers prowled the perimeter. Returning from an errand about an hour later and heading east on Sunset, I crossed Parkman (one short block from my street) and saw a detective examining a fence in the parking lot behind Tom’s Burgers. Just beyond Parkman I caught in my periphery a telltale white sheet covering a body in the driveway.
Finding nothing in today’s L.A. Times (no surprise), I hit the LAPD website and found the following press release: “Man Shot and Killed in Parking Lot”. This morning I drove down Parkman from Sunset. Cops and tape were all gone. In their place on the sidewalk were three seven-day candles burning around a small bouquet.