Again proving that The Homicide Report may be the most important blog in Los Angeles, Jill Leovy reports that Diana Tomas, a 14 year old Latina girl, was shot in the head at 417 N. LaFayette Park Place just south of the 101 Freeway, between Echo Park Lake and Silver Lake Blvd. on Sunday, Dec. 2nd at 2:30pm. She died four days later on Dec. 6th.
Jill points out that investigators did not know who Diana was until days later and believed she was 20 years old, even though on the same day she was shot her mother had reported her as missing at the Rampart police station.
It took a few more days to put it together. Diana’s mother heard a rumor that a young woman had been shot and returned to the station to ask if this might be her daughter. A detective drove her to the hospital, where she saw her daughter, still alive on life support, and identified her.
Comments on the blog express outrage at the fact the even the L.A. Times.com has yet to mention this story on their front page. AB writes: “Regardless, did you hear Michael Vick got 23 months?, and fyi a water main broke and dumped water on Van Halen’s pool.”