Drudge reports as a “mystery shooting” the murders of two Chinese students at USC near their South Central Los Angeles apartment.
Two non-NAMs? Killed in South Central Los Angeles? Why, that’s a head scratcher if there was one! How in the name of all that’s holy could that happen?
The shooting is reported in the LA Times text as in the 2700 block of South Raymond Avenue in Los Angeles; the TV news story as at 29th and Raymond. It’s just southwest of USC and immediately west of the Coliseum. People in Los Angeles have long known that if you have business at USC or are going to concert or sporting event, you stay very close and in a well-lighted area. The area is basically 75% Hispanic and 25% black. The video reports it as “full of USC students” but the census data doesn’t support that. The Hispanics in this area are Mexican Americans who have lived in Los Angeles for several generations at least and are very violent and territorial. Illegal aliens are less violent I think, because they have a little more interest in staying out of trouble and staying at work.
I haven’t been to the area in many years, but as I remember it is much like the rest of South Los Angeles, in that it looks more shabby blue-collar than slum. As Kareem Abdul-Jabar is said to have said, arriving at USC from New York, “This is a ghetto?”
The trouble with attending USC is that it is not exactly the worst place in Los Angeles- that would be 20 to 40 blocks south- but it’s very close to it. There is nice, safe housing for students adjacent, but it is very expensive. If you don’t have on-campus housing- I don’t think graduate students generally do- you can take your chanced close by or commute from a safe white or Asian area that might be two hours away.
The unfortunate couple may have known the risks and decided a two to four-hour round trip was unacceptable, or not been aware. A white girl interviewed says students try to avoid the area- no duh, as we said when I was a kid- but noted foreign students tended to live there. Sitting parked in a new BMW in this neighborhood at 1 AM is like leaving a steak out for a pit bull. In any case they have paid with their lives. The news story shows a black patrol officer and detectives of ambiguous ethnicity interviewing black neighbors. They won’t find anything and there will never be an arrest. Black people don’t snitch.