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Oscar Duncan, 23 [Update]

Oscar Duncan, a 23-year-old black man, died Monday, June 4, in the 600 block of Santa Clara Avenue in Venice, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Investigators believe that Duncan was drawn out by attackers late Monday who jeered at his girlfriend while the couple stood outside in Venice's Oakwood neighborhood, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The assailants shouted a gang name as one of them fired a single shot that struck Duncan in the upper body, said Lt. John Radtke, commander of the West Bureau homicide unit. The shot was fired from inside a vehicle, according to the sources.

Police said they believed the act was random. Duncan was not part of a gang and had no criminal record, authorities said. The attackers were believed to have been gang members.

Several days after the shooting, authorities named Kevin Dwayne Green, a 28-year-old black man, and Hopeton Bereford Parsley, a 22-year-old black man, as suspects in the slaying of Duncan.

Green was arrested June 8, according to records, and was booked the next day. He is being held without bail. Parsley was arrested and booked Saturday and is being held on $1-million bail, according to the records.

The LAPD did not immediately release the circumstances involving the arrests or say if others were being sought.

Duncan was homecoming king and football captain at Venice High School and a youth minister at his Compton church.

Anyone with additional information about the killing is asked to contact West Bureau homicide detectives at (213) 382-9470.Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

[Update: Suspect pleads not guilty in slaying of youth pastor Oscar Duncan]

-- Matt Stevens and Andrew Blankstein

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