Arraignment for Suspects in 2014 Harbor City Killing of High School Basketball Star Continued

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The arraignment of two of the three people arrested in connection with the 2014 shooting death of a 21-year-old man who was sitting with his friends near a parking lot in Harbor City was continued to next month, court officials said Monday.

Shailo Ikegasio Leafa is seen in an image posted on his Facebook page.
Shailo Ikegasio Leafa is seen in an image posted on his Facebook page.

David Lee Allen and Khalif Azon Ferguson have both been charged with murder in the death of Shailo Leafa, the Los Angeles Police Department stated in a news release.

The men appeared in court Monday, but their official arraignment was continued to June 17.

Allen, Ferguson and a third suspect allegedly walked up and shot Leafa, who was sitting with two friends near a parking lot in the 25800 block of South Western Avenue on March 5, 2014.

The three people suspected in the shooting are Harbor City Crips gang members, detective Julie Scruggs with the Police Department told the Daily Breeze earlier this month.

“The victim was at a business over in the Harbor City area and I think the suspects had issues with those guys being in their so-called turf — and that’s why they did it,” Scruggs told the Daily Breeze.

Leafa was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but died from his wounds a short time later.

One of Leafa’s friends was also shot in the attack but survived.

Leafa was a former standout basketball player at Narbonne High School. He was named the Division II Player of the Year for the All-L.A. City Section in 2011 and also played on the Fresno City College state championship team in 2012, the Daily Breeze reported.

On April 28, a little more than two years after Leafa was killed, the Police Department’s Harbor Gang Unit took Allen and Ferguson into custody.

They were both charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder on May 2, according to the news release.

Allen and Ferguson were expected to be arraigned in Long Beach Superior Court on Monday.

A third person suspected in the shooting was taken into custody on May 3, according to the Police Department.

Charges against that person were pending.

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