Riverside Police ask for help in rash of unsolved murders

KABC | July 26, 2012

RIVERSIDE, Calif.– A series of unsolved murders in a Riverside neighborhood that’s plagued by gang activity: People there are living in fear, and that’s making it harder to solve the crimes.

So far this year, there have been three unsolved homicides in one Riverside neighborhood. All happened within one mile of each other. Police believe two rival gangs are going at it, and consequently innocent people are dying.

Like many others on Riverside’s eastside, Bernice Hobdy says she lives in fear after her grandson Lareanz Simmons was shot dead five months ago, right in front of their home.

“They got him right in back of the head, and he just fell, and I still see my grandson laying there,” said Hobdy.

Hobdy says she’s afraid to go outside after dark, especially given the gang activity all around.

“I didn’t know there were so many gangs. It’s not a safe street, it’s not a safe place,” said Hobdy.

But Lareanz Simmons isn’t the only shooting victim this year. Gregory Ball, 37, was gunned down just up the street in January. And last month, 29-year-old Ashanti Hblankan was shot dead, just a few blocks away in the other direction.

Since January, there have been a total of eight shooting victims in the neighborhood; three of them have died.

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