Crime & Justice

El Paso Shooting Heightens L.A. Latinos' Fears: 'Some White Supremacist Is Going To Come … Shoot Us'

Claudia Chi Ku braids the hair of her daughter, Leslie Soriano, 11, as her other children play outside of their apartment in Pico Union.
Claudia Chi Ku braids the hair of her daughter, Leslie Soriano, 11, as her other children play outside of their apartment in Pico Union.
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The mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, has heightened fears among some Latinos about a rise in white nationalism. Kent Mendoza is a 26-year-old former gang member who was born in Mexico and grew up in Los Angeles' Pico-Union neighborhood.

He swore off his gang affiliation years ago, but still lives in Pico-Union — where the shooting has raised anxieties. "At any moment, some white supremacist is going to come into my neighborhood — which is full of Latino immigrants — just to shoot us up."