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Marvey Alofaituli, 54

Marvey Alofaituli, a 54-year-old Samoan man, was shot and killed Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in the 200 block of East 10th Street in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s records.

About 3:45 a.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to a call of a shooting at what police said was an illegal gaming establishment, police said in a news release

Officers found Alofaituli with gunshot wounds, and he was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The suspect, identified by police as David Gonzalez, was still at the scene and taken into custody.

Police said Gonzalez, a 23-year-old Latino, was “engaged in illegal gambling” when he pulled out a gun and shot Alofaituli during a fight inside the business.

After Gonzalez shot Alofaituli, other people intervened.

Police said they don’t believe the suspect and victim knew each other.

Gonzalez has been charged with one count of murder with a special circumstance allegation that the killing was committed during a robbery, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Gonzalez was also charged with second-degree robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and unlawful possession of ammunition.

According to an online fundraiser, Alofaituli was working security at the business. He had five children and had recently become a grandfather. 

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (562) 570-7244. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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