September 1, 1920 - September 21, 2013 Della A. Rossa, nee Pedroncelli, an internationally exhibiting photographer and 50-year- resident of Echo Park, died in Los Angeles after a lengthy illness. Della was born in Fresno and attended Fresno State College 1939-1940. In 1939 she joined the Socialist Worker's Party and in 1957 married Oscar G. Coover, a leading party activist. Della worked as a freelance journalist often taking photos to accompany her stories. She is the author of "Why Watts Exploded" and "The Day They Killed Rubén Salazar", a limited-edition book of photographs depicting the violence that erupted in East L.A. during the 1970 Chicano Moratorium. A copy of the book is in the Smithsonian's permanent collection. At age 60 Della turned full attention to photographing her community and became especially known for powerful images of gang members and their families that respectfully portrayed the human face behind the violence. Della is survived by niece Heidi Hafer and her husband Guillermo Kelly, niece Diahann Hafer, and nephew Scott Hafer and his wife Elsie. Memorial will be private.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 16 to Oct. 18, 2013