Police arrest Los Angeles man in November shooting death of 19-year-old

Authorities arrested a Los Angeles man on suspicion of murder in connection with the November death of a 19-year-old who was shot during a party, Long Beach police said Monday.

Police arrested Devon Yarbrough, 27,  just after 11 a.m. Monday at a motel in Gardena and booked him on one count of murder, according to the announcement.

The victim, Shemar Alexander of Los Angeles, was shot following a fight at a party attended by 50 to 75 people, police said. Officers responded to the after-hours event at a closed clothing and crystal business, called Self Made Designers, near Artesia Boulevard and Orange Avenue in North Long Beach.

Detectives believe the shooting was the result of a gang-related dispute.

Yarbrough is being held on $2 million bail in the Long Beach City Jail. The department expects to present the case with the county District Attorney’s office later this week, LBPD said.

Anyone with any information regarding the incident may contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Michael Hubbard and Ethan Shear at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 800-222-8477, downloading the “P3 Tips” app to or by visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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Brandon Richardson is a business reporter, covering everything from real estate and healthcare to the airport and port to city hall and the economy. He is a Long Beach native who has been with the Business Journal since graduating from Long Beach City College in spring 2016 with an associate’s degree in journalism. He is an avid record collector and concert goer.
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