Monthly Archives: January 2008

Breon Taylor, 15, remembered

INGLEWOOD – Carmen Taylor Jones, mother of shooting victim Breon Taylor, holds on to her youngest son, Barrington Taylor, and youngest daughter, Bailey Taylor, during her funeral at Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, Calif. on Tuesday, January 29, 2008. Breon Taylor died from a gunshot wound on January 20 after gang members allegedly crashed a crowded birthday party at the Lakewood Masonic Center in East Long Beach, Calif..

Rain in the Dark


I spent most of the day taking beautiful pictures of the rarely seen snow-covered mountains (see below) and when I got back to the newsroom the only thing the editors wanted was a picture of rain. Why? “Because its gonna rain tomorrow,” said one editor. The problem I had was that it wasn’t raining when they asked me for pictures of rain. So I waited and waited and waited. Of course It didn’t start raining until the sun went down.

Moses / Taylor Vigil

About 100 people attend a vigil at Parkcrest Christian Center on Wednesday evening, January 23, 2008. The vigil was for Breon Taylor and Dennis Moses, Jr. who both died from gunshot wounds early Sunday after gang members allegedly crashed a crowded birthday party at the neighboring Masonic Center in East Long Beach, Calif.

Trekkies at the Beach

William Shatner, (A.K.A. Captain Kirk, T.J. Hooker or Denny Crane) along with some intense fans, are at the opening of the Star Trek Tour under the Queen Mary Dome in Long Beach, Calif. Over the next five years Star Trek the Tour will visit 40 cities – bringing memorabilia, movie artifacts and life size replicas of the bridge of the Enterprise.

Life WAS a Beach


A man’s body was found in the surf in Belmont Shore around 8 a.m. near Ocean Boulevard and Granada Avenue. The body of the man, apparently in his 30s, will be turned over to the coroner’s office for an autopsy.

Helter Shelter


Andrew Munden, right, and Brendalee “Pebbles,” Melcher, left, share a moment as they listen to musicians playing Christmas Music in the homeless shelter at the First Congregational Church in Long Beach, Calif. Tuesday, January 1, 2008. The church has opened a temporary shelter through the holidays because other shelters in the city area are not open yet.