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Caught in the crossfire

For a decade, crime has tumbled across much of metropolitan Los Angeles. And yet, 5-year-old Josue Hercules’ blood still stains the sidewalk. Rose Smith can’t find the strength to tell her children that she’s never going to walk again. Shameka Harris wonders why it couldn’t have been her, not her daughter. Despite the progress, there are pockets of the metropolis where life remains a crapshoot. For two years, Times Staff Photographer Barbara Davidson has documented the terrible odysseys of the victims. The full project, including in-depth profiles of each victim, can be viewed here.


  1. July 5, 2011, 6:59 pm

    Saw a segment regarding this work on CBCNews, im from Trail, BC myself (now living in Kelowna), and this shook me to my core. Thank you, Brenda Davidson, for bringing light to those whose pain has been left in darkness; please stay strong and continue work like this, it will be harder for people to ignore this sort of pain and violence, and perhaps it will be the beginning of a groundwell against senseless violence like that these victims have suffered; Much love.

    By: Canadianhopeful
  2. October 19, 2011, 11:12 am

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  4. May 21, 2014, 12:03 am

    i feel sad

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