Two Suspects Arrested For Quintuple Murder at Long Beach Homeless Camp

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On Wednesday, two men were charged with the murder of five people at a homeless encampment in 2008.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe released a statement following the arrest of two men involved in the murder of five people, four of whom were homeless, in the City of Long Beach at a homeless encampment on November 2, 2008:

“I am proud of the diligent investigation conducted by the Long Beach Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office that ultimately brought the suspects behind this heinous crime to justice,” said Supervisor Knabe.

“This was a gruesome crime that took the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our community and the County of Los Angeles will not stand for such a deplorable act. The City of Long Beach is safer with these men behind bars.” 

On November 2, 2008, a quintuple murder occurred in the City of Long Beach in a homeless encampment.  The investigation started with an anonymous caller who reported the crime.  The caller gave a brief description of the location which led California Highway Patrol officers to the crime scene.  Arriving officers found 5 people dead from gun shot wounds inside of a homeless encampment along the south bound side of the 405 freeway at the Santa Fe Avenue off-ramp.

The following residents of Los Angeles County were identified as the victims of the murder:  Katherine Lynn Verdun – 24 years old, Long Beach resident; Vanessa Malaepule – 34 years old, Carson resident; Jose Lorenzo Villicana – 44 years old, Long Beach resident; Frederick Doyle Neumeier – 53 years old, Long Beach resident; and Hamid Shraifat – 41 years old, Signal Hill resident.

The suspects are believed to also be involved in other murders across Los Angeles County. On the recommendation of Supervisor Knabe a $20,000 reward was offered  in 2008 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for information related to the shooting.

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