Anthony Jenkins, 46
Died June 18, 2007 at 5:54 p.m.
Anthony Jenkins, 46, a black man, was shot as he approached four men standing on the corner of 42nd Street and Walton Avenue, behind Manual Arts High School, at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 18. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
As of Tuesday, no next of kin had been located for Jenkins, a denizen of a neighborhood with a background entwined with narcotics. Det. Jim Yoshida said that when he arrived at the scene, there was a crowd of people.
"They were laughing at us," the frustrated detective said. "Laughing at us for going to the effort. Nobody cares. Nobody cares. Nobody gives a sh—. Nobody saw. They don't want to hear about it. They don't want to see it."
There was nothing at the homicide scene the next day. Not even a candle. Just a glove and some torn packages left by the paramedics who treated Jenkins. Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD Southwest investigators at (213) 485-2417.
Update: Jenkins family was later located, according to Det. Dave Garrido of LAPD Southwest Division. No arrest had been made as of Monday, June 25.
Dispatch: Not "just another statistic" [Originally published June 26, 2007]
A few days ago, The Homicide Report covered the killing of Anthony Jenkins, a reported drug user whose death seemed to have provoked little outrage. His body had lain in plain view for some time before anyone called 911.
Some neighbors, according to police, had shown contempt for the investigation, and there had been no shrine at the scene. All that had been left to mark the murder was a paramedic's glove on the spot where Jenkins died.
On Tuesday, a small group of people gathered to belatedly mark Jenkins' death. The group included about a half a dozen activists, none of whom knew Jenkins. They said they were upset by the apparent ignominy of his death.
One said she had seen a report about it "in the computer," and had driven across to town to make sure the murder was given more recognition. Another said she wanted to make sure Jenkins was not "just another statistic."
The group eventually was joined by another half a dozen neighbors, who stopped by to see what they were doing, and look at Jenkins' picture. Most then stayed for the proceedings.
JenkinsanthonystyrofoamcandleAs evening closed in, several people lit candles. Then the whole group, activists and neighbors, joined hands and prayed.
Above the spot where Jenkins died, they taped a computer printout with a picture of Jenkins copied from this website, and made into a sign. The sign reads: "My name is Anthony Jenkins. I'm 46 years old. I was murdered on June 18, 2007."
The candles were still burning the next morning. A man who had been pushing a shopping cart full of items scavenged from garbage cans stopped to take notice. The man had just found a fresh, whole green apple. After a moment's consideration, he left it as an offering in front of Jenkins' shrine. Jenkins was "my homeboy," the man said.
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Updated: Jan. 24, 2010 at 9:46 p.m.