Vigil to be held tonight for slain Long Beach musician Toko Tasi

Family and friends of Long Beach musician Toko Tasi will be holding a candlelight vigil tonight in his memory at the site where he was gunned down late Saturday night.

The 45-year-old reggae and hip-hop artist, born Asofaatasi Malaki in Hawaii but raised in Long Beach, was killed on West Willow Street near Eucalyptus Avenue just outside a bar at about 11:40 p.m.

Authorities believe there was a dispute between Tasi and the assailant before the shooting. The gunman fled on foot after shooting Tasi and remains at large.

Tonight Toko Tasi’s Family will be holding a candlelight vigil in his memory at the site of the shooting. August 12,…

Toko Tasi 发布于 2019年8月12日周一

Tasi was known to play all over town and collaborated with bands like Sublime and Slightly Stoopid.

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

Benefit shows are also being organized for a later date to support his family.

The vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at 464 W. Willow St.

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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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