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Markeith Wilson
  • Death date
  • Aug. 15, 2008

Markeith Wilson, 25

Markeith Wilson, 25, and Travelle Hamblett, 31, both black men, were shot in a drive-by shooting at 88th and Bandera streets in the Florence area about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wilson and Hamblett were standing on the sidewalk when two Latino men in a dark-colored vehicle pulled up next to them. One of the men in the car shot Wilson and Hamblett. Hamblett was pronounced dead at the scene. Wilson was taken by ambulance to St. Francis Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead three days later.

Authorities said deputies later arrested two Latino men on suspicion of murder; their vehicle had been spotted in the area moments after the shooting. 

That same day about 11:30 p.m., a mile away, Marco Gonzalez, 16, a Latino youth, was shot and killed at Florence and Graham avenues. Gonzalez, listed above, was the third person to have been shot that day in the Florence area. 

Anyone with information about the shootings can call detectives from the sheriff's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Callers can remain anonymous.

-- Ruben Vives

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