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Suspects in Santa Monica Murder Identified

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Santa Monica police today released the names of the four suspects allegedly involved in Tuesday night's murder. Patrick Dwight Birdsong Jr, 18; Norman Lovan Cole, 33; Sean Alex Mermer, 29; and a male juvenile were all booked on murder, attempted murder and "promoting of a street gang." Cole and Mermer were also charged with violating parole.

At around 8:52 p.m. Tuesday night, two of the named suspects approached and began shooting at a group of four people in Virginia Park on Pico Boulevard, a few blocks from Santa Monica College. Three people escaped safely, but 20-year-old Richard Juarez was killed.

A nearby police sergeant who heard the shots apprehended two of the suspects in a car. A police perimeter was formed in the neighborhood and the two other suspects were found by K9 and SWAT units.

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This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the
Santa Monica Police Department, Criminal Investigations Division at (310) 458-8451 or the
Watch Commander at (310) 458-8427 (24 hours). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call We Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-78-27463).

Previously: Possible Connections in Murders in Venice, Santa Monica