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Dannie Farber
  • Death date
  • May 24, 2009
  • Address
  • Compton
  • 1950 W. Rosecrans Ave.

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Dannie Farber, 18 [Updated]

Dannie Farber, an 18-year-old black man, died after he was shot in the shoulder, chest and left thumb on Sunday, May 24, in the 1900 block of West Rosecrans Avenue in Compton, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Farber, an All-City wide receiver from Harbor City's Narbonne High School, and a female friend were eating at Louisiana Fried Chicken in Compton about 9:40 p.m. when a man walked through a side door and approached their table, police said.

Davon Yerger, 18, a childhood friend of shooting victim Dannie Farber Jr., visits a makeshift memorial outside the Compton restaurant where a gunman walked in, asked "Where you from?" and killed the football player. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

"Where you from?" asked the man, who was wearing a black hood pulled over a black baseball cap.

"What are you talking about?" Farber asked as he stood up.

The man shot Farber several times and ran out the same door, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Det. Eddie Brown said. Farber tried to crawl toward the door but collapsed near the counter.

Brown said that Farber was not in a gang and that police are still looking for the gunman. Farber would have graduated from high school on June 19.

[Update April 26, 2010: Eight months after the shooting, sheriff’s deputies arrested Arlon Watson, a 21-year-old black man, in connection with Dannie Farber's death. 

Det. Eddie Brown said investigators received an anonymous tip that led to the arrest on Jan. 28, 2010. Watson, Brown said,  is a known gang member. 

According to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, on Feb. 14, Watson was charged with one count of murder. At an arraignment in March, he pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

His next court appearance for a preliminary hearing setting is scheduled for April 27 at the Compton Superior Court. 

Watson is being held at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown.]

Times coverage of Farber's memorial: Narbonne High teammates mourn a life cut short by violence

[Update Feb. 21, 2011: Gang member convicted in murder of high school football player]

--Raja Abdulrahim, Anthony Pesce and Sarah Ardalani 

Top photo: Dannie Farber, 18. Credit: Scott Varley / Torrance Daily Breeze. Bottom photo: Davon Yerger, 18, a childhood friend of shooting victim Dannie Farber Jr., visits a makeshift memorial outside the Compton restaurant where a gunman walked in, asked "Where you from?" and killed the football player. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

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