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Millard Frazier Jr., 22

Millard Frazier Jr., a 22-year-old black man, was shot and killed Thursday, Feb. 1, in the 17200 block of Balfern Avenue in Bellflower, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Frazier was at a backyard barbecue about 6:30 p.m. when he got into an argument with another attendee, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza. 

The argument escalated to a physical fight, Mendoza said, and then the other man took out a gun and shot Frazier in the torso. 

Many people fled after the shooting, Mendoza said, but investigators were able to get information identifying the suspect. 

Dion Antwon Trotter, a 23-year-old black man from Compton, was arrested later that evening on suspicion of murder. Trotter was charged Feb. 9 with murder; he was scheduled to be arraigned March 9, but the arraignment was continued to March 23 at the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Norwalk Courthouse. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

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