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Devon Lamar Jelkes, 28

Devon Lamar Jelkes, a 28-year-old black man, was fatally beaten Sunday, Oct. 30, in the 1600 block of North Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 2:30 a.m., police responded to calls of a fight as nightclubs were closing, said Officer Aareon Jefferson, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Witnesses said that after a nightclub closed for the evening and a crowd milled about on the sidewalk, there was a dispute, according to a news release issued by the LAPD.

Prosecutors said a man punched a woman as she tried to get into a car. Her brother, Jelkes, was running toward his sister when he was attacked by the first man and another man. 

Jelkes suffered blunt force trauma and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:15 a.m., according to coroner’s records.

After the fight, the two men fled, police said.

One man hopped onto a party bus, and the other fled on foot. Officers caught up with the bus and arrested Dietrich Canterberry, a 34-year-old black man, on suspicion of murder, police said.

Canterberry, an Anaheim resident, was charged Monday with one count of murder.

A second suspect, Cordell Shields, a 35-year-old black man, was arrested on suspicion of murder Monday, according to online jail records. Shields was also charged with one count of murder, according to prosecutors. In addition, Shields faces one count of assault and one count of battery.

Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD West Bureau detectives at (213) 382-9470. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Times staff writer Nicole Santa Cruz contributed to this report. Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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