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Four Murders in Three Days in Long Beach

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Four unrelated murders took place in Long Beach between Thursday and Saturday, making for a violent series of days in the city, the Press-Telegram is reporting. The most recent victim, 27-year-old Garrett Norris, who was playing basketball in Orizaba Park, and was shot at around 6:40 p.m. after "two male suspects tried to run off with his belongings." Norris chased his robbers into an alley when one turned around and fired at him; he "was pronounced dead at a hospital."The string of weekend violence began on Thursday, when 35-year-old Okpara Wright, was shot and killed following a confrontation at a gas station just after midnight. Police believe the incident was gang-related. Later on Thursday, Kate Sue Yi, 20, "was found allegedly strangled to death by her boyfriend." Yi, a CSULB student, and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Jonathan Huynh of Mission Viejo, apparently engaged frequently in arguments. Yi's body was found by her roommate inside their Bellflower Boulevard apartment; Huynh was arrested in connection with the murder on Saturday.

And Friday night, Long Beach police were called to the scene of a shooting on the 1300 block of Junipero Avenue, where they "found a man dead from multiple gunshot wounds in the driver's seat of a vehicle." 25-year-old Darong Yi's killer or killers remain unknown.