#Bestof2013: Most read Tribune stories from 2013

In the San Gabriel Valley, 2013 was the year of the Srirachapocalypse! Although surprisingly, it barely made it into the most read stories on www.SGVTribune.com, bumped to the back of the list by a very dangerous game of tug-of-war and ... stocks.


  1. 8. The public got involved after El Monte Police sought their help locating a local gang member charged with the rape of a convenience store cashier in October. A $5 million arrest warrant was issued for 18-year-old Joseph Leo Amaya before he was eventually taken into custody after tips from the public helped detectives track him down.
  2. 7. The #Srirachapocalypse took the San Gabriel Valley by storm! OK, not really, but everyone was worried there for a little bit that the beloved 'rooster sauce' would be no more. Well ... maybe still a little concerned. Huy Fong Foods, the maker of Sriracha, was sued by the city of Irwindale after residents began complaining about the smells coming from the factory. A sign that read “No tear gas made here,” was hung outside the factory in response.
  3. 6. Andrew Luis Lopez, of Covina, was charged with the murder his infant daughter in January. He later pleaded not guilty.
  4. 5. Ever wonder how much stock shares of well-known companies cost? Well apparently, you're not alone since our look into the most expensive stocks out there jumped to the number five spot of most read stories of the year.
  5. 4. The community was shocked in February when former Walnut High School basketball star Monica Quan and her fiance were found shot to death in Irvine. The shooting ended up being just the beginning in a killing spree by disgruntled ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner.  
  6. 3. There are some things you just shouldn't do in public. For instance, nude yoga may be something you want to do in your own home behind closed doors and shuttered windows. One West Covina woman had to learn that lesson the hard way in February after she was arrested for indecent exposure while attempting to attain peace at Cortez Park.
  7. 2. The controversial police shooting of a 2-year-old German Shepherd inside the fenced yard of an El Monte family horrified readers and sparked outrage. The debate was fueled even more once home security camera footage of the deadly July encounter was released.
  8. German shepherd shot by police in El Monte, Calif. (June 19, 2013)
  9. 1. Who knew that Spirit Week could lead to amputation? Which brings us to the most read story of the year: A game of tug-of-war resulted in the loss of extremities. In February, two South El Monte High School students had their fingers severed during the competitive game.