Long Beach Police are asking for the public’s help with the investigations of two murders which occurred in North Long Beach earlier this year. Homicide Detectives have recently received tips which lead them to believe the two crimes are related and are hopeful more witnesses will come forward.
On Friday, June 27, 2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., officers responded to the 5500 block of Dairy Avenue regarding a call of shots fired and discovered 28-year-old Marcel Johns of Long Beach who sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The preliminary investigation indicated Johns was riding a motorcycle at the time he was shot, which caused him to collide into multiple parked unoccupied vehicles. Johns was pronounced deceased at the scene.
On July 4, 2014, at approximately 12:33 p.m., officers were dispatched to a call of shots heard in the area of the 6500 block of Gardenia Avenue and located 24-year-old Kayon Dafney of Long Beach, in an alley in the 1900 block of E. 65th Street. Dafney sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Both incidents are being investigated as gang related.
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 .