Home / Commentary  / Uncharted: Inglewood – where ‘blood trails’ have become glaciers

Uncharted: Inglewood – where ‘blood trails’ have become glaciers

The litany of Inglewood Police Department cold cases taints the NFL's return

The rest of the story; a litany of unsolved cold case murders in Inglewood loom in the shadow of impending prosperity

The City of Inglewood continues to offer nearly a quarter million dollars in reward money leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprits responsible for the murders of eight victims going back to 2006 — blood trails that have become frozen, thrusting up like glaciers.

ComptonHerald.com | Uncharted

“Uncharted” is commentary by Jarrette D. Fellows, Jr.

The information is available on the Inglewood Police Department website and provides no indication that the crimes have been solved.

While the City basks in the glow of its selection by National Football League owners as the site for a new NFL stadium, and new home of the Los Angeles Rams, the ominous backdrop of a killing field remains. Unsolved murders hang like cobwebs in the cityscape — continual reminders that Inglewood is an active cauldron of violence.

Mayor James T. Butts and the City Council can take credit for bringing the Rams back to the Southland, and rightfully so, but the bloodletting here is a scathing embarrassment. Some have hastily reclaimed Inglewood’s former nickname — “Jewel of the South Bay” — but the city leadership and its police department have months of challenges ahead of them to overcome the criminal element in Inglewood before they can brag about any likeness to a jewel.

“Tombstone Territory” is a more appropriate moniker in the wake of the litany of unsolved murders that have mounted like glaciers going back to 2006.

The following represents the carnage:

· Gwendolyn Jefferson Taylor; killed Dec. 11, 2010 at Roger’s Park, 400 W. Beach Ave., Inglewood. A reward of $25,000 is pending for the capture of her assailants. Det. Aranda is probing the case. Aranda’s contact information at the Inglewood Police Department Homicide Section: (310) 412-5246 or 24-hour anonymous hotline: 888/412-7463.

· Drexler Boyce; killed on April 23, 2010, at 10:20 p.m., near Beach Street and Venice Way, Inglewood. A $25,000 reward is pending for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers. According to a police report, suspects drove up to, and gunned-down Boyce, before driving east on Venice Way. Det. Mark Campbell is investigating the case. His contact information at the Inglewood Police Department Homicide Section: (310) 412-5246 or 24-hour anonymous hotline: 888/412-7463.

· Ira Koger; killed on Feb. 25, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. A reward of $25,000 remains on the table for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the miscreant(s) that murdered Koger, who was sitting in his car at 836 W. Beach Ave., Inglewood, when he was shot to death. Det. Lloyd Waters is investigating the case. His contact information at the Inglewood Police Department Homicide Section: (310) 412-5246 or 24-hour anonymous hotline: 888/412-7463.

· Christopher Moreland; slain May 18, 2010, at 9:30 p.m., in the area of Buckthorn Street and Myrtle Avenue, Inglewood. A $25,000 reward is pending for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the slayer(s). Det. Lloyd Waters is probing the case. His contact information at the Inglewood Police Department Homicide Section: (310) 412-5246 or our 24-hour anonymous hotline: 888/412-7463.

· Kevin Harris II; shot and killed on Sept. 20, 2009, in the 3300 block of West 118th Place in Inglewood. A $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Harris’ killers is pending. Det. Lane is working the case. His contact information at the Inglewood Police Department Homicide Section: (310) 412-5246 or 24-hour anonymous hotline: 888/412- 7463.

· David Pass; victim of a fatal hit-and-run traffic collision on July 21, 2007. A $25,000 reward is pending for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for Pass’ death. Det. LaGreek is working the case. His contact information at the Inglewood Police Department Traffic Section: (310) 412-5134 or 24-hour anonymous hotline: 888/412-7463.

· Alexander Lewis; slain on Oct. 30, 2006, at 5:10 p.m., walking in the 900 block of N. La Brea Ave., Inglewood, when a suspect approached and shot him multiple times. A lone Black male wearing dark clothing was seen running from the scene. A $25,000 reward is pending for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for Lewis’ killer. Det. Campbell is investigating the case. His contact information at the Inglewood Police Department Homicide Section: (310) 412-5246 or 24-hour anonymous hotline: (888/412- 7463.

· The City of Inglewood is offering a reward up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person involved in a May 11, 2008 incident at 1:40 a.m., when a male suspect was observed shooting a handgun in the parking lot adjacent to Rally’s Burgers located at Crenshaw and Manchester Boulevards in Inglewood, which set off a chain of events resulting in the death of a 19- year-old subject at that location.

Witnesses described the suspect as an African-American male, 25-29 years of age, 5-9 to 5-11 in height, 135-150 pounds, wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants. The suspect fled the location before the arrival of police. Det. Mark Campbell is probing the case. His contact information at the Inglewood Police Department: (310) 412-5246 or 24- hour anonymous hotline: 888-412- 7463.

· A $5,000 reward is pending by the City of Inglewood for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for vandalizing the City’s Transportation Mural located at Grevillea Mall (facing Inglewood High School). Vandals spray-painted graffiti on the mural on March 25, and April 24, 2008. Det. David Carrasquillo is investigating the case. His contact information at the Inglewood Police Department: (310) 412-5181 or 24-hour anonymous hotline: 888/412-7463.

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

4 COMMENTS

Join the conversation!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.