On May 4, 1996, around 10:30 p.m., Long Beach Police were dispatched to a shooting in the 500 block of East 14th Street that resulted in the death of 26-year-old Jorge Martinez of Long Beach, and a suspect has now been identified and charged.
The investigation revealed that Mr. Martinez was standing on the sidewalk alone when he was approached by several Samoan gang members. It was recently learned that at the time, 21-year-old Wayne Taufi, aka Big Fassi, shot Martinez, passed the gun to another gang member, and fled in a vehicle. Mr. Martinez was pronounced deceased at the scene. When the new information identifying Taufi as the suspect came to light, detectives re-opened the case.
Detectives are also attempting to gather additional Information on four other male subjects who were present at the time of the murder. Those individuals are identified by their street monikers; “Wizard,” “Lil Boy,” “Fuzzy,” and “Whisper.”
Wayne Taufi, currently 40-years-old and from Long Beach, was already in custody on unrelated charges.
Long Beach Police Homicide detectives presented their case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration. On July 7, 2015, the District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges against Taufi for the murder of Jorge Martinez. Taufi is currently being held at the Los Angeles County Jail.
The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the incident or the individuals identified by their monikers is urged to contact the Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Todd Johnson and Shea Robertson at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit LACrimeStoppers.org.