Sketches courtesy Long Beach Police Department.
Sketches courtesy Long Beach Police Department.

Police investigating the gang-related shooting death of a man in Long Beach in July released sketches Friday of four men sought as persons of interest in the case.

The victim, 24-year-old Kayon Dafney, died about 12:35 p.m. on July 4, according to Long Beach police.

“Homicide detectives recently received tips describing a white two-door convertible, which was seen in the area of the 6500 block of Gardenia (Avenue) around the time that the shooting occurred,” according to a police statement. “Detectives reviewed several surveillance videos from the area of the murder and were successful in located two vehicles that matched the description.”

After photos of the vehicles were circulated, witnesses came forward, including one who provided descriptions of several people “seen in vehicles at the crime scene around the time the murder occurred,” police said.

“Detectives are hopeful the descriptions and sketches will encourage additional witnesses to come forward,”  according to the LBPD.

All four men are black. Three are in their mid 20s and another in his late 40s, police said.

The older man was described as dark-skinned and was driving a small white two-door convertible.

One of the younger men was described as 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, 155 to 175 pounds and wearing a white or gray T-shirt. He was seen exiting the passenger side of a small white two-door convertible.

One of the other men was described as “thin faced, dark-skinned wearing an unknown colored T-shirt” while the other was described as light-skinned with a possible goatee and curly hair.

“Tips also led detectives to believe this murder and the June 27, 2014 murder of Marcel Johns are related,” police said. “Johns sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene in the 5500 block of Dairy Avenue.”

Anyone with information about either killing was urged to contact Long Beach police homicide detectives Teryl Hubert, Scott Lasch or Michael Hubbard at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

City News Service

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