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To date, in the city of San Diego, there have been a total of 59 homicides in 2007. Today we at voiceofsandiego.org will be launching a new service that we hope will help San Diegans better understand the details of those homicides: The San Diego Homicide Map.

The San Diego Homicide Map

The map is essentially a Google Maps-based feature that we have used to plot all the homicides that have occurred in 2007 in San Diego. You can now see exactly where each homicide took place, and you can click on each homicide to learn more about the crime and the victim.

I will keep the feature updated as I get information from the Police Department about new homicides. I’d like to extend my thanks to the Homicide Unit at the SDPD for all their help in putting this map together. I’d also like to thank the County Medical Examiner’s Office for their help, and former voiceofsandiego.org I.T. genius Vladmir Kogan for building the feature.

A couple of notes on the Homicide Map:

I have kept things fairly simple, with only the basic information about each homicide. In each case I have provided the victim’s name, age and race, the time and date they died, and the cause of death. In some cases, I have provided more detail about the cause of death from information provided by the County Medical Examiner’s office.

It should be noted that in some cases the victims died hours or even days after the initial incident. An example is the La Jolla surfer, Emery Kauanui, who died in hospital four days after he was involved in a fight in La Jolla. In such cases, I have listed the actual time and date the victim died, but for the location of the homicide, I have listed the location of the incident that led to the victim’s death.

I plan to keep this feature going into the New Year. One final note: If anyone has any comments or even if any family members wish to provide me with extra information (photographs of the victims, etc.) I would love to hear from you.

Enjoy the new feature. (Click here to check it out.)

WILL CARLESS

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