Weekends are the deadliest time for Latinos

By Armand Emamdjomeh and Ryan Menezes | LA Times | The Homicide Report
Feb. 27, 2015

latino  homide report laThe first to be killed on the weekend of Dec. 20 was 17-year-old Erik Sainz, who was shot in the driveway of a West Puente Valley home that Friday afternoon. Then came Matthew Albert Garcia, 26, who was found dead on the sidewalk in Rosemead about an hour before sunrise on Saturday.

Before the weekend ended, two more people — a 37-year-old man and a 16-year-old youth — would be shot to death.

What each victim that weekend had in common was ethnicity.

The average Latino homicide victim in Los Angeles County is 15% more likely to be killed on a weekend — defined here as Friday, Saturday or Sunday — than victims of other races or ethnicities, according to a Times analysis of the more than 13,000 Los Angeles County homicides recorded from 2000 to 2014 in the Homicide Report.

Across the county, Latinos make up 49% of the victims since 2000. Blacks were 34%, whites were 12% and Asians were 4%. (The percentages don’t add up to 100 because of rounding and other factors.)

Without considering race, almost as many people are killed Mondays through Thursdays as on weekends in Los Angeles County.

But the numbers break down inconsistently across the races and ethnicities in the database. The Homicide Report classifies victims by race as defined by the county coroner, which includes Latino as a race designation, unlike the U.S. Census, which treats Latino as an ethnicity.

Read more here: http://homicide.latimes.com/post/weekend-homicides/

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