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Samuel Earl Burge, 21

Samuel Earl Burge (2013-06-02)

Samuel Earl Burge, a 21-year-old black man, was fatally wounded Sunday, June 2 in the 1000 block of West 74th Street in Vermont Knolls, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Burge had left his cousin’s home to get a haircut. He was on his way back when a man walked toward Burge and shot him multiple times.

The Los Angeles Police Department alleges that the gunman is Michael Crook, 29. According to an LAPD news release, Crook then ran across the street and got into a waiting car driven by Rosemary Flowers, 44.

Burge was taken to a hospital, where he died at 7:56 p.m., coroner’s records show.

On June 11, Flowers was arrested in connection with Burge’s death in Gardena, near her home. On  June 17, Crook was arrested in L.A. Crook is a Hoover Crips gang member and the motive from the murder was gang-related, police said in a release.

On the day of the shooting, Crook and other gang members had confronted Burge about whether he was in a gang. Burge was not a gang member.

On June 13, the L.A. County district attorney filed one count of murder against Flowers and Crook.

Anyone with information can call LAPD Dets. John Ferreria or Myra Kellum at (213) 485-1383. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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