Journalists Killed in 2000 - Motive Unconfirmed: James Edwin Richards
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2001|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2000 - Motive Unconfirmed: James Edwin Richards, January 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e649556c.html [accessed 1 February 2015]|
|Disclaimer||This is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.|
October 18, 2000, in California, USA
Richards, the editor of an e-mail newsletter covering the high-crime Oakwood neighborhood of Venice, California, was shot to death at around 4:15 a.m while walking near his house.
Neighborhood News reported on petty theft, drug sales, and other local crimes. Richards was also a longtime community activist and block captain for his community's Model Neighborhood Program.
Press reports quoted Venice councilwoman Ruth Galanter as saying that Richards's murder "appears to have been a straightforward assassination." She added that Richards had made many enemies in the course of his work as a journalist and activist.
At the time of his murder, Los Angeles Police Department officers said that they had no suspects and were not sure about the motive for the crime.