Police Request Public’s Help With Murder Investigation

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Persons of interest Sketch 1 & 2.

Persons of interest Sketch 1 & 2.

Long Beach Police are asking for the public’s help with the investigation of the gang-related murder of Kayon Dafney, which occurred around 12:33 p.m., on July 4, 2014, in North Long Beach.

Homicide Detectives recently received tips describing a white 2-door convertible, which was seen in the area of the 6500 block of Gardenia around the time that the shooting occurred. Detectives reviewed several surveillance videos from the area of the murder and were successful in locating two vehicles that matched the description. Snapshots of the vehicles were disseminated through the media and several witnesses came forward.

One witness was able to provide descriptions of several subjects who were seen in vehicles at the crime scene around the time the murder occurred. Detectives are hopeful the descriptions and sketches will encourage additional witnesses to come forward.

The persons of interest are described as follows:

Sketch #1 – Male, Black, mid 20’s, 5’5” – 5’8”, 155-170 pounds, wearing a white or gray colored t-shirt, seen exiting the passenger side of a small white 2-door convertible

Sketch #2 – Male, Black, late 40’s – early 50’s, dark skinned, driving a small white 2-door convertible

Sketch #3 – Male, Black, 20’s, thin faced, dark skinned wearing an unknown colored t-shirt

Sketch #4 – Male, Black, early 20’s, light skinned, possible goatee and curly hair

Persons of interest Sketch 3 & 4.

Persons of interest Sketch 3 & 4.

Tips also led detectives to believe this murder and the June 27, 2014 murder of Marcel Johns are related. Johns sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene in the 5500 block of Dairy Avenue.

Anyone with information regarding either murder is urged to contact Long Beach Homicide Detectives Teryl Hubert, Scott Lasch, or Michael Hubbard at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

RELATED NEWS RELEASES:

A link to a related news release, which contains photos of the victims, is below:

http://www.longbeach.gov/civica/press/display.asp?layout=4&Entry=4955

A link to a related news release, which contains photos of the vehicles, is below:

http://www.everythinglongbeach.com/publics-help-needed-locating-vehicles-interest/

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