Seeking Justice for Marquise Lawrence

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A $10,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of Marquise Lawrence in Compton on March 18, 2015.

The Board of Supervisors issued the reward, acting on a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

“Marquise Lawrence was known to the community as a hard-working, kind-hearted individual and devoted father,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said in the motion. “The shock and senselessness of this tragedy has left his family devastated.”

Marquise (1)“Help us find the person responsible so we can get some closure,” Marquise’s grandmother, Joann Lawrence-Haynes, said in a news conference to appeal for the public’s help. “Marquise was a good kid, a fine young man who cared about his family.”

Marquise was a 26-year-old EMT hoping to become a firefighter. At the time of his death, he taking classes at El Camino College and working two jobs to support his girlfriend and their then seven month-old daughter.

Marquise’s own father was also murdered when Marquise was 8 – a case that also remains unsolved.

“We hope this reward will be enough to encourage someone to help us catch the person who did this to Marquise and bring them to justice,” Marquise’s stepfather, Keith Haynes, said.

Marquise was driving eastbound on Willowbrook Avenue near Johnson Street around 5 p.m. on March 18, 2015 when he was struck by gunfire from an SUV going in the opposite direction.

Suffering from a gunshot wound, Marquise crashed his sedan into a concrete barrier that separated the street from Metro Blue Line railroad tracks.  He died of his injuries at St. Francis Medical Center.

The suspect is described as a heavy-set African American man in his 20’s, with an “Afro” hairstyle about 2-3 inches long. He escaped in a 1990’s blue Chevy Suburban, last seen heading west on Johnson Street and then north on Acacia Avenue.

The Sheriff’s Department hopes witnesses will come forward and provide information to Homicide Detective Steve Blagg or Sgt. Guillermo Morales at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at (800) 222-TIPS, or texting the letters TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637) or using the website:

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