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Gang member convicted in 2009 murder of Narbonne High football star

A Compton gang member was convicted Monday in the 2009 murder of a Narbonne High School football player.

Jurors found Arlon Watson, 22, guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Dannie Farber, 18, as well as other gun and gang charges, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Danny Farber Farber, a high school senior and star wide receiver, was shot in May 24, 2009, while eating dinner in a Compton chicken restaurant with his girlfriend.

According to prosecutors, Watson confronted the victim in the restaurant and asked “Where are you from?” Farber, apparently sensing danger, replied, “I don’t gangbang.”

Moments later, Farber was shot dead as his girlfriend watched.

Investigators later confirmed that Farber was not involved in gangs and that Watson killed the young man based only on suspicions that his gang turf was being infringed upon.

Watson, who faces 80 years to life in prison, will be sentenced Wednesday.


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Photo: Danny Farber. Credit: Los Angeles Times


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Book him, through the book at him, lock him up, and throw away the keys

Another democrat off the streets.

i know when he gets those years throwed in his face he is going to hear for a very long time..."where you from"". and when lights out in that cell he is going to start dreaming about getting to the store and get a beer or go see that girl down the street. then he will wakeup to the sound of ..COUNT TIME! COUNT TIME!. then the tears starts to flow.

Melvin this is NOT the place for that kind of 'idiocy'. A young man is 'dead' another has wasted his life attempting to 'play' with the gangs who do nothing but destroy lives. When will this 'stop' ? When will young latinos AND blacks THINK about what they do ? Territory ? Who do they think they are ? This is NOT a battlefield, this is a 'city' where many live and many die. Let death come for the ones who have lived long and prosperous lives and let youth exalt in the joy that is LIFE and live it and NOT shoot each other over some ridiculous territorial imagined line. Unfortunately only those with 'brains' will survive........

Just another senseless murder in the Compton related to gangs. One young man shot dead for basically nothing and another will waste away in a prison cell for the rest of his worthless life.

agree DLH... and another youth will spend her life wishing she hadn't been there too. I feel for the girlfriend who witnessed it as well. Her pain and the pain of his family is so tragic. I'm glad the family can at least witness the one responsible be held accountable. It's not "justice" but it's a measure of closure.

i think that this was wrong ..... why would somebody do that

Obozo will probably come to his rescue and say he was stupidly arrested...

Life is cheap in the ghetto...

When will these people learn...


Well said Tony. These young kids need guidance. So many of these youth get caught up with the false dichotomy of gangs, us vs. them. Not understanding the falsity of an "us" or a "them."

The gang culture is nothing more than pure fantasy - a false idea kids believe they can actually achieve. ("I'm bad, I'm respected, I'm feared, I'm followed by others, etc.")

These kids need help snapping out of this fantasy.

I think you are absolutely correct in using the term imaginary. A false idea. What is worse, are those people who continue to "intervene" by reinforcing the false idea "gangs are bad, gangs don't care about you, etc." It is upsetting that people acknowledge these false ideas.

"80 years to life in prison" instead of a Siyonara Seat in the Big Chair at San Quentin. CA is truly a state full of pathetic cowards when it comes to punishing cold-blooded, emotionally dead, and parasitic killers.

How is someone labeled "a highschool football player". He was a citizen, and unless you have a uniform, or you are WHITE you won't get more than a two line description: Male, gunshot, Watts, LAPD.

Sad...I want to comment, but there are no words. Everyone loses in this situation. Prayers and condolences to the family that lost their son to violence, and prayers to the family that lost their son to the streets.

This is a very sad situation for the family that lost their son and for the girl that had to witness the whole horrifying event. Gangs are lost youth that have nothing better to do than destroy other peoples lives. As long as there are gangs our children are in danger. We need to protect our children as best we can, pay attention to them, to their dress, to their friends, to their actions, if they come to you for help talk to them, don't put them off by telling them that you are busy. I am a Criminal Justice student and I live in South Carolina, I am studying about gangs and what they are about. Please pay attention to your children, it is the most important thing that you can do.


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