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Long Beach iPod Murder Victim was a USC Grad & New to LB

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On April 4th, it was halftime during an NCAA game so Gary Norris and two friends headed to the park across the street to shoot some hoops. He put his belongings, including an iPod to the side of the court while they played. At some point, two young men in their teens or early 20s walked up and took his iPod, which prompted Norris to jog after them to a nearby alley where one of the suspects turned around and shot him. "They shot him in cold blood," his roommate told the Long Beach Press Telegram. "They're animals. They do what they need to do to get their way." Norris moved to Long Beach less than a year ago to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering from USC. After the Houston native graduated, he became an engineer for Mercedes-Benz.

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