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A SENSELESS KILLING
MICHAEL McKNIGHT
December 05, 2011
All-city L.A. wide receiver Dannie Farber was out eating dinner with his girlfriend when he was shot by a gang member
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December 05, 2011

A Senseless Killing

All-city L.A. wide receiver Dannie Farber was out eating dinner with his girlfriend when he was shot by a gang member

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Over the next two months, Davis and Johnson were arrested and charged with murder in connection with Daniels's death. Johnson was picked up in Las Vegas, N.Mex., where he had just begun practicing with the Division II football team at his new school, New Mexico Highlands University. Also charged was 19-year-old Rakeem Williams, the alleged shooter, who briefly attended Narbonne High and according to authorities is a member of the Campanella Park Pirus, a Compton-based subset of the Bloods.

L.A. County deputy district attorney Dean Bengston told SI that Johnson and Davis were also "directly affiliated" with the Pirus, a claim that the Johnson and Davis families vehemently deny. Douglas, the Narbonne coach, isn't buying it either. "You can't grow up where he grew up without knowing guys who are mixed up in that [gang] stuff," Douglas said, "but Melvin's only colors were green and gold."

The alleged gang connections and the circumstances of Daniels's death will soon be examined more closely. Davis, Johnson and Williams all have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled to be in court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 14.

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