Erika Aguilar Orange County Reporter

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Erika Aguilar covers Orange County for KPCC. Prior to that she was the station's crime, courts and public safety reporter.

Erika joined KPCC in 2012 after four years reporting on environmental issues for public radio station KUT in Austin, Texas, where she earned recognition for her work covering the 2009 shootings at the Fort Hood Army post in Killeen, the 2011 Texas wildfires and the state’s ongoing drought. Some of her reporting has been featured on NPR and American Public Media’s "Marketplace."

Before joining KUT, Aguilar worked in TV news as an assignment editor and assistant producer for the CBS affiliate in Austin. She’s a journalism and history graduate of Texas State University.

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Stories by Erika Aguilar

Friends to honor Pasadena youth mentor with vigil

A candlelight vigil is planned for Thursday evening to honor a Pasadena neighborhood leader killed during a Christmas day shooting outside his home.

TEC-9s, MAC-11s, Uzis among guns recovered at LA buyback (PHOTOS)

Los Angeles moved its annual gun buyback from May to December in response to the Newtown, Connecticut shootings. Owners exchanged the firearms for gift cards.

UPDATE: LA offers groceries for guns in annual buyback program

A buyback last May netted about 1,700 guns, including a rocket launcher and 52 other assault weapons. It was moved up due to the Newtown massacre.

Skid Row mission gives Christmas toys to children

Skid Row's Midnight Mission gives away thousands of toys to homeless and poor children on Christmas Day.

LA Archbishop celebrates Christmas morning Mass with inmates

The Archbishop of Los Angeles and jail staff host the annual Christmas morning Mass for inmates at Men's Central Jail.

Pasadena police shooting of Kendrec McDade, 19, ruled lawful

The DA's office has concluded that Pasadena police officers responding to a robbery report acted lawfully when they shot to death a suspect who turned out to be unarmed.

Suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of Unique Russell

Sheriff's detectives say they've arrested one suspect in connection to the Fourth of July fatal shooting of Unique Russell, 14, in South Los Angeles.

PHOTOS: Cal State Fullerton locked down as police search campus

Cal State Fullerton has been locked down while police search the campus for suspects in an armed robbery at a Riverside County jewelry store.

LA District Attorneys admit fault in Northridge suspect case

The LA County District Attorney says prosecutors erred when they told a judge a man who's the lead suspect in a murder case was eligible for drug rehab in September.

Files on accused Los Angeles priests could become public next month

The confidential files the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles kept on priests accused of sexual child abuse could become public in January.

Congressman Schiff says he will reintroduce helicopter noise bill

Congressman Adam Schiff says that next month he'll reintroduce a bill to regulate helicopter noise in the hope of cutting down on chopper buzz in Southern California.

Officials identify the victims in Northridge killings

Officials identify the victims of the quadruple homicide in Northridge and work on transporting the four suspects arrested in Las Vegas back to Los Angeles.

4 suspects arrested in Las Vegas tied to Northridge shootings

One person, Ka Pasasouk, 31, of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of murder. The other three were taken into custody on suspicion of aiding a felon.

New details in alleged murder by LA sheriff's deputy

An autopsy report describes the death of a man allegedly shot by an off-duty LA County sheriff's deputy as a drive-by shooting.

LAPD to release more info on Northridge quadruple shooting

LAPD officials are keeping a tight lid on the shootings, which took place at an illegal boarding home early Sunday morning.