UPDATE: Mourners identify fatal shooting victim as local musician Toko Tasi

UPDATE | A man shot and killed outside a Wrigley bar Saturday night has been identified by friends as local musician Toko Tasi.

Tasi was killed on West Willow Street near Eucalyptus Avenue at about 11:40 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Authorities believe there was a dispute between the victim and the suspect before the shooting happened.

“Witnesses describe the suspect as a male unknown who was last seen fleeing the location on foot,” officials said in a release.

Both police and paramedics attempted lifesaving measures on the victim but he died at the scene.

An employee at PBS Pub and Company, near where the shooting happened, said police conducted interviews inside the bar and closed access to the surrounding area while they investigated the incident. Police were still at the scene Sunday morning.

The coroner’s office on Monday identified him as Tasi Malaki of Long Beach.

Flowers are left at the site where local musician Toko Tasi, 45, was gunned down the night before on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Photo courtesy of Tito Rodriguez.

Friends took to social media Sunday morning to remember the singer who was born in Hawaii but raised in Long Beach. He was 45 years old and born Asofaatasi Malaki.

“He was a good human,” said his friend Tito Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, known locally as the Hood Santa for his charitable giving, said Tasi wrote music with Sublime and Slightly Stoopid and left behind his daughter Lili who he called Bubbles.

He sang reggae and hip-hop at local establishments all the time like Iguana Kelleys. The bar remembered Tasi on its Facebook page Sunday.

“Rest in paradise Toko Tasi. We love you brotha!” the post read.

An employee at Iguana Kelley’s said Tasi last performed at the bar on May 26.

Friends and family of local musician Toko Tasi gather Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019 at the site where he was gunned down the night before. Tasi was killed at West Willow Street, near Eucalyptus Avenue. Photo courtesy of Tito Rodriguez.

Friends are now organizing a benefit show to support Tasi’s family “in their time of grieving,” according to a Facebook post. No details are available yet.

Late at night on August 10, 2019, Toko Tasi was taken away from this Earth by senseless violence in Long Beach,…

Toko Tasi 发布于 2019年8月11日周日

🙏🏼Prayers and love🙏🏼I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS YO!!! HOW YOU GONNA TAKE OUR BROTHER SO SOON!!! AND OUTSIDE HIS OWN PLACE OF…

Sammy Dread 发布于 2019年8月11日周日

Definately not the news you want to hear when you wake up. We lost another friend last night. This shit has got to stop….

Jay O'Brien 发布于 2019年8月11日周日

 

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans or Robert Gonzales at 562-570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the coroner’s confirmation of Toko Tasi’s identity and announcement of a benefit show in the future by friends.

PREVIOUSLY: Man fatally shot in Wrigley Saturday night, another injured in Willmore hours later

8/11/19 at 10:03 a.m. | Long Beach police are investigating two separate shootings that happened hours apart overnight and left one man dead and another man injured.

The first incident happened near West Willow Street and Eucalyptus Avenue in the Wrigley neighborhood at 11:40 p.m. Saturday.

Arriving officers found a man with gunshot wounds to his upper torso, spokesman Lt. James Richardson said. Long Beach paramedics determined him dead.

The second incident took place about a mile and a half south in the 500 block of West Anaheim Street, near Magnolia Avenue, at 1:20 a.m. on Sunday.

Police found the victim with gunshot wounds to his lower extremities, Richardson said. The man, who suffered non-life threatening injuries, was transported by paramedics to a local hospital.

The victim told officers a Hispanic man shot him at the location, Richardson said.

The suspects in both incidents are still at large and the motives for each are unknown at this time, Richardson said. Detectives are investigating both incidents as unrelated shootings at this time.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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