The Week in Photos: A brutal murder devastates a family; meanwhile, California braces for flooding

Hello and welcome to this week’s selection of the best picture stories.

A new storm brings more peril to California rivers already hit by deadly flooding as another riverine atmospheric storm arrives, washing out roads and forcing evacuations.

A person in a tan firefighter uniform climbs a steep snow berm, their head disappearing behind a pile

Fire line medic Aaron Thomas climbs a steep snow berm on Friday while delivering medicine to a snow-covered home in Lake Arrowhead.

(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

A person walking their dog in the rain is seen through raindrops gathering on a window

Seen through raindrops gathering on a window, a person walks their dog in the rain Friday in Newport Beach.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Workers endure heavy rain as they work at Dory Fishing Fleet and Market

Workers experience heavy rain on Friday as they work at the Dory Fishing fleet and market in Newport Beach. More rain is heading to the Southland, but the region is expected to avoid the brunt of the storm.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

A man, holding a bicycle, jumps over a puddle near the Los Angeles River

A cyclist rides through a puddle along the banks of the Los Angeles River in Long Beach on Sunday. The river and its banks were littered with debris following recent heavy rains.

(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)


A family tragedy: A suspect was taken into custody on Wednesday after the brutal murder of 17-year-old Xavier Chavarin the previous week.

A triptych: above, a man kisses a crying woman;  bottom left, a teenager sits at a wake, and right, a man lights a candle.

Above: Jesus Frias, left, grandfather of 17-year-old Xavier Chavarin, who was fatally stabbed last week in El Sereno, comforts the boy’s mother, Laura Frias, on Wednesday at the spot in the Alhambra where the suspect barricaded himself in a standoff with the police. Above left: A photo of Xavier Chavarin is placed at his memorial Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Top right: Xavier Chavarin’s father, Daniel Chavarin, tends to a candlelit memorial for his son.

(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times; Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


After last week’s snowstorm, mountain communities are preparing for another storm. Check out the scenes of the San Bernardino Mountains as they burrow. The storms have now claimed 13 lives.

A man stands on a road while piles of snow are piled on both sides, in some places higher than the person.

Crestline Road was reduced to one lane Sunday as piles of snow piled up on both sides of the road in Crestline, near Highway 138.

(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

Men in orange overalls, orange helmets and reflective vests dig with snow shovels along a path in front of two houses

Prado Conservation Camp inmates help dig up residents’ property under piles of snow Tuesday in Crestline.

(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)


She had 72 hours to pay the back rent or leave. Inside one woman’s fight to avoid homelessness as eviction cases flood the courts.

Leticia Graham, reflected in a mirror, puts on makeup

Leticia Graham gets ready for work in February at her Los Angeles apartment before taking the bus to Glendale, where she works at a mall.

(Christina House/Los Angeles Times)


Now watch what the snow walls look like as Mammoth Lakes continues to dig.

A full moon rises over a valley with a village at night, with mountains in the background

A full moon rises over the snow-capped Mammoth Lakes on Tuesday.

(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

A man shovels snow off the roof of a building with an ice cream cone sign hanging from the side.

Mammoth Fun Shop owner Brang Miller shovels snow from the roof of his store on Tuesday as he and other locals try to dig through the snow between storms.

(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

A small silhouette of a person carrying a child walks at night on a frozen road between huge snow banks lit by street lamps.

On Tuesday, a person carrying a child walks along Canyon Boulevard in Mammoth Lakes. Residents struggled to dig out more than 550 inches of snow that fell on the main lodge during recent storms.

(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)


A suspect died after allegedly shooting three LAPD officers in Lincoln Heights on Wednesday.

An LAPD officer launches a red flare in the middle of a road

An LAPD officer extinguishes flares as he secures the scene where three officers were shot in Lincoln Heights on Wednesday.

(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


“When you navigate, you create your own route.” How a Korean American found freedom and healing by retracing the ocean journey of early Korean immigrants.

Standing in a sailboat harbor, a man on the left embraces a woman who reacts by smiling and closing her eyes.

Jin Woo Nam, 63, left, kisses his wife, Stella Kim, before boarding his yacht, Ignatella, on March 5 in Marina Del Rey. Nam and his team embark on a 3 month journey from Marina del Rey to Honolulu and finally to Incheon, South Korea.

(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)

A ship sets sail in a harbor as a group of people wave and check in on their cell phones.

Nam and the crew of the Ignatella begin their journey with the support of well-wishers in Marina del Rey on March 5.

(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)


‘Power, privilege and lies’: As Mark Ridley-Thomas’ corruption and kickback trial begins, a church continues to support the suspended Los Angeles City Council member through prayer.

the man in glasses is seen in focus through a crowd

Mark Ridley-Thomas, 68, sits in the audience as members of the Los Angeles community and clergy gathered at Holman United Methodist Church on Sunday to offer their support on the eve of his trial. Ridley-Thomas is charged with bribery, conspiracy and fraud in a scheme in which he allegedly directed contracts to USC in exchange for special benefits for his son.

(Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis touted Florida’s approach during his visit to California on Sunday, saying the ‘wake-mind virus’ had caused an influx of residents to his state, showing the popularity of his anti-liberal policies.

DeSantis says Californians are running away from “woke” politics. The researchers found the opposite: “This is the stage of life that people are in – and ‘waking up’ is not a stage in the life cycle.”

While San Francisco and Los Angeles lose residents, some California cities are booming. We mapped it all out.

a man in a suit and tie speaks from a podium in front of a retired presidential helicopter.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took his fight against liberalism to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on March 5.

(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

Clouds hover in the background of a condensed view of downtown Los Angeles partially lit by a sunset.

Traffic flows through downtown Los Angeles in February. Downtown and other areas of LA County, including Echo Park, West Hollywood, Mid-Wilshire and Culver City, are among the California zip codes that have seen the largest exodus of residents, primarily due to costs. of accommodation.

(Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times)


An arson attack destroyed a black church in Los Angeles. The pastor vows to rebuild, and as he ponders how to secure a future in the changing city, he knows bridging divisions will be essential.

A triptych of, above, Edward Jenkins;  left, burnt remains of a building;  and on the right, burnt remains of a panel

Above, Pastor Edward Jenkins, on the empty lot where Victory Baptist Church once stood. Founded in 1943, Victory Baptist has been the spiritual home for four generations of Black Angelenos. A fire in September reduced it to ashes. Above left, church members help with weekly community food distributions in December, near the charred exterior. Top right, remains of an “Entrance” sign at the site of the church.

(Christina House/Los Angeles Times)


Curious about bikers wearing turbans? They want to talk with you.

A man, wearing a leather vest and helmet, with a long salt-and-pepper beard looks at the camera while riding a motorbike

Satnam Singh, secretary of the Sikh Motorcycle Club USA, drives through Bakersfield in July 2022 on a cross-country trip dubbed Ride Against Hate that commemorates the 10th anniversary of a mass shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis.

(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)


And finally: a simple scene in downtown Los Angeles offers respite from a news cycle filled with harsh weather and chaos.

Window panels reflect a passerby in a pink jacket and black leggings with a dog as they walk down a street.

Window panels reflect a scene on Figueroa and 12th Street in downtown Los Angeles on a cool but sunny Monday afternoon.

(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)


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