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In Stockton, Calif., 58 murders were reported last year, more than double the 24 reported in 2008. The city is considering filing for bankruptcy and has already laid off police officers. Photographer Matt Black documented some of the sites where these incidents occurred last year. Scott Thurm, Bobby White and Justin Scheck report on WSJ.com.

Information on these murders was provided by The Record.

All photographs by Matt Black for The Wall Street Journal.


Mario Hinojosa Zendejas, 23.
Dec. 14, 2011.
Shot in his driveway in the 1800 block of Country Club Boulevard.


Matthew Bosa, 28.
Nov. 14, 2011.
Shot while driving on Wilson Way near Harding Way.


Joseph Cruz, 31.
June 14, 2011.
Shot on Sutter Street just south of Noble Street.


Luis Palma, 44.
Sept. 4, 2011.
Mr. Palma, a cab driver, was shot at Lincoln and Washington streets.


David Lewis Jr., 34.
June 11, 2011.
Found near California and Fremont streets.


Michael Shelton, 30.
Sept. 17, 2011.
Mr. Shelton was shot Sept. 12 in a parking lot in the 1100 block of North Wilson Way and died five days later.


Brandon Wilson, 2 months.
Aug. 12., 2011.
Died after an incident Aug. 1 in the 7600 block of Kelley Drive.


Paris Jordan Jr., 28.
June 25, 2011.
At least five people were shot at a bar in the 2300 block of East Main Street.


Micky Xiong, 31.
Oct. 6, 2011.
Mr. Xiong, a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver, was shot in the 300 block of South Sutter Street after a delivery.


Juan Juarez-Martinez, 17.
June 9. 2011.
Shot in the 200 block of East Sixth Street.


John Mozzetti, 24.
Oct. 15. 2011.
Shot while driving in the 700 block of Oak Street.


Pedro Garcia-Rodriguez, 27.
Oct. 21. 2011.
Stabbed in the 100 block of West Worth Street.


Brian Spivey, 21.
July 19, 2011.
Shot outside an apartment complex in the 2400 block of Delaware Avenue.


Damien Braggs, 19.
Oct. 21, 2011.
Shot in the 700 block of East Park Street.


Rachel Moreno, 49, and Juan Segura, 33.
Sept. 12, 2011.
Shot at South Hunter and West Jackson streets.

All photographs by Matt Black for The Wall Street Journal.

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In 2003, Ian Welch was on his first combat tour in Iraq. As his battalion waited to storm the Diyala Bridge and seize Baghdad, an artillery shell struck the vehicle behind him, killing two soldiers and knocking Mr. Welch unconscious. When he came to, he was disoriented. His vision was blurred. Blood dripped from his ears. He helped gather the remains of the dead before heading out to take the bridge. He returned to Iraq twice more on combat tours.

Mr. Welch was later diagnosed with chronic PTSD and traumatic brain injury. He now lives in Dallas, Texas, with his girlfriend and government-paid caregiver, Katie Brickman. Every day, he faces the long-term effects of PTSD: bouts of amnesia, insomnia, anxiety, dizziness and vomiting.

Photographer Brandon Thibodeaux spent two months chronicling Mr. Welch’s struggles and with Wall Street Journal photo editors Matthew Craig (Executive Producer) and Kate Lord (Associate Producer), created the video below. This is Mr. Thibodeaux’s account. To read the story and see the complete interactive, click here.

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I’ve come to think of Ian’s way of dealing with PTSD as a protective moat–a barrier he crosses only for doctor’s appointments, haircuts and other necessary outings.

When I was first assigned the story, I was planning on still photographs. But in the end we decided that the complexity of the story required much more, and I needed a different approach. I quickly learned that I needed ample time, as well as video and audio equipment to best tell Ian’s story.

Ian is someone who rarely steps outside of his structured life, so it was essential to gain his trust. In the end, Katie, his girlfriend, was key. She acts as his protector, making sure to blunt potential triggers to his PTSD. Katie studied photography and knew of the work of Tim Hetherington and other war photographers. She convinced Ian The Wall Street Journal project could be therapeutic.

Before I was assigned the story, I knew of PTSD as a combat disorder. After spending days with Ian and Katie, I learned of its long and tenacious grip on everyday life.

I felt it only fair to reveal my own vulnerabilities since Ian exposed so many of his. As a teenager, I underwent chemotherapy for a rare case of lymphoma cancer. While I didn’t face enemy fire or lose friends in a battle, it gave us a patch of common ground. I faced attacks from my own body. And when he described his anxiety and mood swings, it stoked memories of friends I had met at the hospital. I often wondered why I was allowed to survive and they were not. Even Katie’s role with Ian was reminiscent of how my parents must have managed, juggling appointments and providing support.

Once he allowed me access to his home, Ian, Katie, and I spent a lot of time together. It was important to become a part of his routine. Many days were quiet with little to photograph. Since Ian and Katie stayed up late, it made sense for me to stay overnight sometimes.

To understand his deeper, more personal thoughts, I asked Ian to read his journals, and to describe what he recalled from the injury on April 7, 2003. I felt horrible asking to hear such difficult memories. One night, as we finally felt comfortable enough to go over his combat experience, I had to help him walk back into the house. Katie didn’t know how to react when she saw how weak he was. It was a powerful reminder of how difficult it was for him to revisit the most painful parts of his past.

When the project was over, Ian was inundated by phone calls from loved ones. Katie couldn’t thank us enough for spending so much time with Ian and for capturing such an honest portrayal. Ian also talked about the project a lot and was more open to discussing his PTSD. I hope his story and video helps him hear those inner thoughts with better perspective. And I hope his story reaches and comforts others like him.

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Several times a year, Mr. Buffett invites business students from around the U.S. to Berkshire’s headquarters in Omaha for a day’s visit. He answers their questions, and they tour local businesses owned by Berkshire. Throughout the day, Mr. Buffett doles out lessons on life, telling the students to choose the right spouse and surround themselves with people who are better than they are. The ritual ends with a photo shoot. Each student gets to take two pictures with Mr. Buffett. The first one is a serious shot, the second is a funny pose of their choosing.

Photographer Stephanie Sinclair got the rare opportunity to photograph this ritual. Here are some of her photos from that shoot. (For the story and more photos, click here.)

All photographs by Stephanie Sinclair/VII for The Wall Street Journal.


‘I asked, “Would you mind grabbing my tie and pretending like you’re choking me to death?” He was in on it and he did it right away.’ —Pat Ryan, 29, second-year M.B.A. student at the University of Notre Dame


‘I said, “I’m going to whisper something in your ear,” and then I said, “Pretend I’m saying something very exciting!” And he started making these noises, like “Oooh!”‘ —Masha Dudelzak, 27, second-year M.B.A. student at the University of Toronto


‘I didn’t know he gave me bunny ears until my friends told me. I thought we were taking a regular picture.’ —Vu Le, 24, University of Massachusetts senior, from Vietnam


‘I wanted to do something unique to Notre Dame…so I asked him, “Could you put your hands up like the Fighting Irish?” He had seen the leprechaun logo of our school before, and I helped him move his arms into the right spots.’ —Adrianna Stasiuk, 25, second-year M.B.A. student at the University of Notre Dame


‘We saw another student do it with him and we asked if we could kiss him at the same time, and he said yes. He was very laid back and nice and fun.’ —Kelsey Kotur, right, 22, second-year M.B.A. student at the University of Missouri

‘I just thought it would be so funny to have a picture of us doing that; not many people get that opportunity.’ —Paige Halamicek, left, 22, first-year M.B.A. student at the University of Missouri


‘He just said, “I’ll just put you in a headlock, how about that?”‘ —Alex Williams, 21, senior at Gonzaga University


‘I got my friend’s ring and I was going to propose to him. He said, “Let’s do a good one,” and got down on a knee, grabbed my hand and said, “Please take me, please have me.” It was funny. I was so shocked.’ —Alexa Tavasci, 21, junior at Northern Arizona University


‘Students who went last year told us about the serious and funny photos, and the plan was to bring some props. I had couple of sunglasses from a previous party, so I brought them along and asked if he would wear them.’ —Andrew Robertson, 27 years old, second-year M.B.A. student at the University of Toronto

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