Homicide victims skewing older in L.A. County

By Nicole Santa Cruz and Armand Emamdjomeh | LA Times Homicide Report
Jan. 23, 2015

homicide report older victims 012315Isaac Gaston Jr. was trying to calm a party in Compton in March when a fight broke out. Guns and knives were drawn and Gaston was shot in the chest and stabbed in the head.

At 31, Gaston was a little bit older than a typical Los Angeles County homicide victim a decade ago. In 2014, his age makes him a few years younger. Those ki*led in the county — still disproportionately black and nearly half Latino — are skewing older.

“You’re not seeing youngsters like you have in the past,” said Det. Todd Anderson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “You used to see a lot more kids who were 16, 17, 18, 19. While it does still happen, it seems like they are getting a little bit older.”

In 2000, the average homicide victim was 30 years old and in 2014, the average victim was 34 years old, according to a Los Angeles Times data analysis. The shift comes as the total number of homicides falls.

The Homicide Report recorded 551 Los Angeles County homicides in 2014, the lowest in the database, which dates to 2000.

Read more here: http://homicide.latimes.com/post/homicide-victim-ages/

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