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2 alleged gang members held in Long Beach slaying

May 20, 2011 |  3:21 pm

Bell Long Beach police have arrested two alleged gang members in connection with the fatal shooting a 25-year-old Los Angeles man in a dispute over a woman, officials said Friday.

Nigel Marshall, 25, and Estrada Edwards, 20, both of Long Beach, were arrested Thursday in the death of Kevin Bell after search warrants were served near the original crime scene by Long Beach police detectives.

The April 17 shooting occurred in the 1800 block of Gardenia Avenue, where police discovered Bell in a vehicle with gunshot wounds to his upper body. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Both suspects are "documented gang members" connected to a Bellflower gang, police said. But investigators said the motivation for the killing does not appear to be gang-related and involved a dispute over a female.

Detectives plan to present the case to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, and the suspects could be arraigned Monday.

The investigation is still ongoing, and police are asking anyone with information to contact Dets. Mark McGuire or Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244.


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Map: Shows location of Kevin Bell's killing in purple, as well as 84 other homicides, in red, since January 2007. Credit: Homicide Report

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