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And justice for all? Carlos R. Davalos | Sat, Dec 11 2010 12:00 PM

Arguably one of the most glaring differences between Chelsea King, 17, and Diana Gonzalez, 19, is name recognition.

King, as a lot of people in San Diego County can tell you, is the young North County high school student who earlier this year was killed by John Gardner III.

I counted roughly 77 stories about Chelsea found on signonsandiego.com, The Union-Tribune's online publication. To be fair, some of those stories may have been updates of older stories (new information added to an older post, a changed lede), and one or two of them may have been opinion pieces. But all in all, if you're betting there have been dozens of news stories about Chelsea's death you'd be a winner.

You're a loser if you wagered there were just as many articles about Diana's murder. Last I counted there were five news stories from the U-T. Five. The only coverage more woefully inadequate than that was ours.

We've run one opinion column and one news story. (In our defense, however, our news department consists of one reporter, one editor and the occasional freelance writer.)

Maybe the disparity in coverage rests in the fact that police arrested Gardner within days of Chelsea's death and the district attorney was able to bring him to trial.

In Diana's case, while District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' office has charged Diana's estranged husband Armando Perez with murder, the suspect remains at large in Mexico. Hence, no trial and, presumably, no 'round the clock news coverage as we saw with King.

Another difference between King and Gonzalez is an uncomfortable one to acknowledge.

Chelsea was a white high school kid who grew up in Poway. Diana was a Latina living in National City at the time of her death. She was a battered mother of a 10-month-old and a community college student.

Do skin color or affluence play a role in the amount of attention and coverage murder victims receive? You tell me.

Keep in mind that tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the death of Maribel Arteaga.

And eight years after he disappeared we still don't know what happened to Jahi Turner.

Who are they?

Would you be asking that question if I mentioned Stephanie Crowe, Danielle van Dam and Amber Dubois?

All murders are tragic. It appears, however, some are more memorable and noteworthy than others. Why?

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Kevin Says:

Mon, Dec 12 2011 10:07 PM

If Mexicans weren't yelling wolf all the time for things that they should take responsibility for themselves then maybe Diana would get more coverage! You hypocrites make me sick! You want the borders open so that the filth, crime, and socialism can poor into the USA but then you want the protection of a society that was founded by a Puritan ethic that you wipe your feet on day in and day out!

This was a domestic problem that liberal pimp judges, lawyers, mental health, and the rest of the liberal support staff exploit by making women into pseudo victims; rather than demanding separate property laws and a mandatory military draft for women gays and illegals to give them a sense of what all their double standard entitlements have cost!

Besides the facts that Mexicans are wearing out the welcome mat in the USA by constantly demanding a double standard to exploit and blame Caucasians for their own evolution now you are trying to compare a Mexican domestic problem with an innocent Caucasian being murdered by a serial rapist? Are you INSANE? Of course you are!

Keith Jenssen Says:

Fri, Dec 17 2010 10:40 PM

You said, "You tell me..." so I will. You are trying to paint the lack of media coverage for Diana as racially motivated, but I totally disagree. Two huge differences which play well in media-land are that Chelsea's murder was committed by a stranger, which is always more salacious than a domestic crime - especially one where there is no question as to who-dunit.
As to the difference between their levels of affluence...you may have a worthwhile argument, but differences in wealth will impact almost every aspect of our lives, not just murder. Money buys jobs for less intelligent people, attracts women to influential men, and props up undeserving political parties. Most of us have had to take a backseat to others with more money at one time or another. My suggestion for you is to use your writing talents to bring us the real stories behind these unfortunate people instead of trying to fan the flames of racial tension.

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