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LA Times revamps The Homicide Report blog

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Los Angeles Police Department Officers block the entrance to Santa Monica College after multiple shootings were reported on June 7, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. According to reports, at least one person has died, four people hospitalized, and a suspect was taken into custody. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Paul Smith, a 58-year-old black man. an Hoyt, a 45-year-old white man. Ramiro Antonio Melendez-Lobos, a 22-year-old Latino.

To most of us, these four people are just names, but they're significant when you find out how they're related. They are four of the many who've been killed in Los Angeles already this year.

Their stories -- when and how they died -- might have stayed anonymous but for the Los Angeles Times and its revamped blog, The Homicide Report. The report debuted in 2007 as a way to tell unknown stories of homicide victims.

This week it re-launched. Nicole Santa Cruz is a reporter for the blog and joins us now to talk about it.

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