Los Angeles Murder Victim Discovered in Long Beach

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Los Angeles murder victim discovered in Long BeachOn Sunday, June 19, 2011, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Long Beach Police Marine Patrol officers discovered a dead body inside a vehicle they were preparing to tow in the 500 block of Queens Way Drive.

Officers were unable to determine the cause of the person’s death, and Long Beach Police Homicide detectives were called to the scene. Upon further investigation by the detectives and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, the preliminary evidence suggests the victim died of blunt force trauma. A full autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death, and at this time he is only being identified as a 19-year-old black male transient, pending notification to his family.

Detectives worked throughout the day and identified a suspect, a 31-year-old male transient, who was a friend of the victim. The suspect was taken into custody in Los Angeles Sunday night at approximately 7:15 p.m.

Detectives have learned the murder occurred in Los Angeles, and have been working with Los Angeles Police Department’s South East Division Homicide closely on this investigation.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans or Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244, or Los Angeles Police Homicide Detectives Sammy Marullo or John Jamison (213) 485-4341. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text, e-mail, or web at www.longbeach.gov/police, or directly to Tipsoft, www.tipsoft.com.

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