2nd Place in Breaking News Coverage

My Victoria Advocate colleagues told me earlier this week that one of the coverages I did during my internship there was awarded Local Media Association’s Second Place in Breaking News Coverage.

I still remember the coverage very well, even though, it’s been over a year.

The story was about a murder of a Port Lavaca mother and her three children died in a fire. The story broke three days before I started at the Advocate, and my first assignment on my first day was to photograph the private mourn at the mother’s family. A couple of weeks later, the police found out that the husband killed his family and then burned their house down, and I was sent to photograph the family’s public Mass, where many members of the small community showed up. Both situations were intense, but I tried to make myself as invisible as possible and to be respectful to the survivors.

I am glad to hear the Advocate team’s pursuit of this story has won an award for this coverage. Below are the images from the Mass.

Family and friends come to the mass held in memory of Dulce Cumpean-Camacho and her three children at the Our lady of the Gulf on Wednesday evening, Jan. 21 in Port Lavaca. The service was led by Father Tommy Chen and the church was full and some participants had to stand by the door.
Family and friends come to the mass held in memory of Dulce Cumpean-Camacho and her three children at the Our lady of the Gulf on Wednesday evening, Jan. 21 in Port Lavaca. The service was led by Father Tommy Chen and the church was full and some participants had to stand by the door.
Jose Cumpean at the a mass that is held in the memory of his daughter Dulce Cumpean-Camacho and her three children at Our lady of the Gulf on Wednesday evening, Jan. 21 in Port Lavaca. The mother and three children were murdered and burned by husband and father Jonathan Camacho on Jan. 12.
Jose Cumpean at the a mass that is held in the memory of his daughter Dulce Cumpean-Camacho and her three children at Our lady of the Gulf on Wednesday evening, Jan. 21 in Port Lavaca. The mother and three children were murdered and burned by husband and father Jonathan Camacho on Jan. 12.

 

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