Erika Aguilar Crime and Safety Reporter

Erika Aguilar
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Erika Aguilar covers crime, courts and public safety in the Los Angeles area for KPCC.

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

Minor in McDade shooting to appear in Pasadena court Tuesday

The 17-year old minor allegedly involved in a burglary the night an unarmed black man was shot by Pasadena police will be in court on Tuesday.

Robbery and killings raise concerns about USC safety

An armed robbery and two murders of USC students have students, neighborhoods, and staff talking about safety around USC.

USC armed robbery suspect shot by police

The incident happened a week after the USC campus was rocked by the shooting deaths of two USC students in what police believe was an attempted armed robbery.

USC officials discuss safety after murders

Officials met with Chinese students on Monday to talk about safety on and off campus.

Pasadena council calls for patience in McDade investigation

Little new info has surfaced about the Pasadena officer-involved shooting of an unarmed black teen.

USC shooting raises questions about patrolled neighborhoods

The shooting death of two Chinese USC grad students has raised questions about how far off campus USC public safety officers should patrol.

USC to offer $125,000 for info on murdered students

USC is planning to announce an award for information leading to the suspect that killed two international graduate students Wednesday morning.

Neighbors: Crime down in area where 2 USC students shot

Early Wednesday morning, neighbors woke up to gunshots and police sirens — two sounds residents in that neighborhood haven't heard in a long time.

2 USC students from China shot to death in West Adams area

L.A. Police continue to search for the person who shot and killed two USC students early Wednesday while they sat in a car in the West Adams neighborhood.

McDade rally held at Pasadena City Hall, family speaks

Demonstrators rallied outside Pasadena City Hall Tuesday evening. They said that they're showing support for the family of Kendrec McDade.

FBI joins investigation into McDade shooting by police

FBI investigators will join the investigation into the Pasadena Police shooting of an unarmed black man on a Saturday almost two weeks back.

Investigation begins into police shooting of Kendrec McDade

Los Angeles County’s Office of Independent Review has begun to examine a recent Pasadena police shooting of unarmed 19-year-old black man Kendrec McDade.

The police shooting of Kendrec McDade: The timeline of events

A 911 call misled police to believe 19-year old unarmed black man Kendrec McDade had a gun, leading to police shooting and killing him. Here's how it played out.

Family files suit against Pasadena police over McDade's death

A lawsuit against Pasadena and its police department alleges civil rights violations and wrongful death.

McDade 911 caller undocumented, released pending investigation

Pasadena police handed the caller whose call led to police shooting an unarmed teen over to immigration, but he's now been released pending criminal proceedings.