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One corner. Four killings. A South L.A. neighborhood grapples with a wave of violence

The first to die was her friend “Ken Dog, ”Five months later, her fiancé was gunned down, then another friend, “Bug” — all on the same South Los Angeles street corner.

Semaj Smith lives in Harvard Park, one of the city’s deadliest neighborhoods. Her yellow house is riddled with bullet holes. A dark stain from memorial candles marks the spot on the sidewalk where her fiancé died.


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