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Occidental College student found dead in dorm; gang member charged with City Terrace & Whittier murders; there’s no stopping Silver Lake cut-through drivers

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  • An Occidental College sophomore was found dead in his dorm room on Monday afternoon. Official at the Eagle Rock college say there appears to be no foul play involved but the cause of death has not been revealed. Oxy Weekly
  • Michael C. Mejia has been charged with capital murder, carjacking and other offenses in last month’s killings of his cousin, Roy Torres, in the City Terrace section of East L.A. and police officer Keith Boyer in Whittier. Officials allege that Mejia, a 26-year-old gang member and parolee, fatally shot his cousin on Feb. 20 and then drove the victim’s vehicle to Whittier, where a few hours later he shot and killed the officer following a traffic collision. L.A. Times
  • Cut through traffic on hilly Duane Street in Silver Lake has only gotten worse but the city has failed to come up with solutions to deal with the problem. Los Feliz Ledger
  • The Eastsider is looking for community correspondents to cover and take notes at public meetings. Contact us for details.

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