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News Release

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Media Relations

Homicide in Harbor Division NR16346

San Pedro: The Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division homicide detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the murder suspect of 47-year old Pierre Migara Balasuriya.

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, around 7:05 a.m., the suspect and Mr.Balasuriya were at the 300 block of West 9th Street. Mr. Balasuriya and the suspect were involved in an argument when the suspect produced a handgun and fired shots striking Mr. Balasuriya. The suspect then fled the location.

Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the Mr. Balasuriya to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Harbor Division Homicide Detective Dave Maffei or Officer Romulo at (310) 726-7880 or (310) 726-7882. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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