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Mark LeRoy Tyree, 53

Mark LeRoy Tyree (2016-08-27)

Mark LeRoy Tyree, a 53-year-old black man, was shot and killed Saturday, Aug. 27, near West Manchester and Normandie avenues in Manchester Square, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

About 4:40 p.m., Tyree got into a dispute with another man outside the Louisiana Fried Chicken restaurant, said LAPD Det. Chris Barling. Another man interjected and shot Tyree once in the chest, Barling said.

Tyree was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:16 p.m., according to coroner's records.

Detectives are trying to determine the cause of the argument. The gunman and the other man ran west on West Manchester Avenue, police said.

The suspects were identified as Kevin Andre Black, a 49-year-old black man, and Tony Smith, a 63-year-old black man, Barling said.

On Aug. 31 Black and Smith were each charged with one count of murder, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Prosecutors allege that Black was the shooter.

The two are scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 15.

Tyree's 15-year-old son, Mark LeRoy Tyree Jr., was shot and killed June 26, not far from where his father would eventually be gunned down. The two killings are not related, authorities said. 

Imani Bakari-Tyree, Mark Tyree's wife and the mother of Mark Tyree Jr., said that morning, she found her husband crying in the living room with his son's death certificate on the coffee table.

In the wake of his son's killing, Mark Tyree wanted to look for solutions to the gang and gun violence in his community and eventually start a nonprofit organization.

"That's what kept him going through this tragedy," she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (323) 786-5113. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @nicolesantacruz and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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