Long-term grief in 5-year-old L.A. unsolved murder

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As part of a series on murder in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times tells the story of Kermit Mallet, 27, who was gunned down outside his family home nearly five years ago. “Why me?” Kermit said as he lay dying. The Times says the middle-class Mallet family are “the kind of people who might have been expected never to come close to violent atrocity. But they had one risk factor: They are black.”

During the 1990s, 4,193 black men were killed in Los Angeles County, most often by other black men. That is a a homicide rate far higher than that for white or Latino men. “Skin color, age, gender and geography had made Kermit vulnerable,” says the Times. “He was a target simply because he was young, black, male and standing outside.”

Link: https://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-kermit25apr25,1,5908533.story?coll=la%2Dhome%2Dleftrail

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