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Slain Pasadena barber remembered for his generosity

September 22, 2011 | 11:38 am

Pasadena barber slain
Neighbors mourned the death Thursday of a Pasadena barber whose body was found in a parking lot on Washington Boulevard.

King Eldridge King, 43, owner of King King’s Barber and Beauty Salon, was known for taking aspiring barbers under his wing to teach them about the profession, said Altadena resident Derrek Watson.

Betty Henderson, co-owner of Bonnie B’s Smokin restaurant, said King was generous, giving free haircuts to those in need and money to those who were hungry.

She told the Pasadena Sun he would send them to her restaurant to buy a meal with money he had given them.

King's body was discovered by a person walking by the parking lot around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Police are investigating King's death as a homicide, said Lt. Tracey Ibarra of the Pasadena Police Department.

Walt Butler, owner of a building adjacent to the barber shop, said the parking lot where King's body was found was a source of disturbances in the neighborhood.

Ibarra said police detained and questioned three individuals who may have been present when King, known to people in the neighborhood as "King King," was killed.

She said they are being interviewed as witnesses, not suspects.


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-- Ana Facio-Krajcer, Times Community News

Photo: King King's Barber Shop & Beauty Salon. Credit: Raul Roa / Times Community News.