Shooter Sought in Killing of Local Musician Toko Tasi in Long Beach

Authorities on Monday have not announced an arrest in the fatal shooting of local musician Toko Tasi over the weekend in Long Beach.

The county coroner only described the victim of a Saturday night shooting near Willow Street and Eucalyptus Avenue as a man in his mid-40s, but a makeshift memorial set up on a sidewalk just outside a bar in the area and a post on his Facebook page Sunday identified him as the hip-hop and reggae artist Toko Tasi.

Officers responded to a report of a deadly shooting at the scene around 11:40 p.m. Saturday, according to Long Beach police. They arrived to find a man shot in his upper torso.

Fire crews tried to perform life-saving measures but ultimately declared him dead, police said.

Detectives believe the victim had been involved in a dispute with the shooter, whom witnesses described as a male individual last seen fleeing on foot.

Tasi, 45, was born in Hawaii and raised in Long Beach, the Long Beach Post reported. He frequently performed at local establishments, according to the news outlet.

Mourners left flowers, candles and signs at the site of his death.

"He's loved by a lot of people," Dorothy Gonzales told KTLA. Tasi always helped out in the community during the holidays, she said.

On Monday night, friends, family and fans gathered for a candlelight vigil to celebrate Tasi’s life.

His cousin, Lisa Donaldson, said Tasi’s parents and brother have passed away as well, “and we’re just left wondering why? Why did it have to be this?”

Friends say the musician was attending a high school reunion when he was killed.

“We heard the gunshots,” Audra Viscidi told KTLA. “Before that, we were all just inside laughing and hugging each other, and saying ‘I love you’ and catching up.”

Anyone with information can call detective Malcolm Evans or detective Robert Gonzales at 562-570-7244. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-8477, using the mobile app "P3 Tips" or visiting lacrimestoppers.org.

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