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California dad, 30, is shot and killed in front of his seven-year-old son on Father’s Day 

A seven-year-old boy was in a car with his father in Long Beach when a suspect approached 30-year-old Leevi Matuni Maseuli from Palmdale and shot him to death on Father’s Day.

Leevi had taken his son for lunch at Taco Surf in Seal Beach before spending their last moments together at a dinosaur-themed playground at Recreation Park.

Officers came to the 4200 block of Anaheim Street and Roswell Avenue to find a crashed car with Leevi in ​​it, still alive with a gunshot wound to his upper body, along with his son.

They assisted the father until the Long Beach Fire Department arrived and transported his to a local hospital, where he later died.

The gunfire missed the boy, but he suffered minor non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment before being referred to emotional support.

Leevi Matuni Maseuli, pictured, was murdered on the 4200 block of Anaheim Street in Long Beach while sitting in the car next to his seven-year-old son

Leevi Matuni Maseuli, pictured, was murdered on the 4200 block of Anaheim Street in Long Beach while sitting in the car next to his seven-year-old son

Born in Long Beach, Leevi grew up on Lime Avenue near Poly High School as the son of a Samoan truck driver

Born in Long Beach, Leevi grew up on Lime Avenue near Poly High School as the son of a Samoan truck driver

Officers came to the 4200 block of Anaheim Street and Roswell Avenue to find a crashed car containing Leevi with a gunshot wound to the upper body along with his son

Officers came to the 4200 block of Anaheim Street and Roswell Avenue to find a crashed car containing Leevi with a gunshot wound to the upper body along with his son

‘It doesn’t feel real. My brother was murdered in front of his 7-year-old son,” his sister Shalia Maseuli told the… Long Beach Post† “We want answers. We want to know who did this to my brother and why.’

The murder took place on Sunday, June 19 at approximately 8:46 PM.

Authorities returned the boy to his mother shortly after the shooting, the… LA Times

Shalia launched a GoFundMe to raise money for Leevi’s funeral expenses and to provide a monetary reward for information leading to the gunman’s arrest and prosecution.

“He leaves behind two children, Leevi Jr “LJ” who is 7 years old and Kalia who is 1 year old,” Shalia wrote in GoFundMe, describing the man as “a wonderful, kind-hearted, loving person.”

“He was a son, brother, father and uncle. He is so loved and will be missed forever,” Shalia added.

After just two days, the family has raised $9,505 – almost the total amount needed to cover the funeral expenses that Leevi’s mother, Renee Maseuli, is organizing.

A link to the family’s GoFundMe can be found here

“It is unacceptable under any circumstances to commit such a heinous crime, but to do so on Father’s Day in front of the victim’s child is even more disgraceful,” Police Chief Wally Hebeish said.

“This blatant disregard for our community will not go unanswered and our investigators are working diligently to identify everyone involved in the victim’s death,” Police Chief Wally Hebeish said.

“No child should ever have to go through an experience like this and I ask the public to please provide any information, however small, that might help us find those responsible for this heartless act of violence.”

Leevi's sister Shalia Maseuli described him as 'a wonderful, kind-hearted, loving person'

Leevi’s sister Shalia Maseuli described him as ‘a wonderful, kind-hearted, loving person’

Born in Long Beach, Leevi grew up on Lime Avenue near Poly High School, the son of a Samoan truck driver.

One of his closest friends was killed in a shooting when he was just 14, court documents show.

Leevi’s past includes several criminal convictions and long prison terms, although police have not yet determined a motive for the shooting.

Police arrested an 18-year-old Leevi and a co-conspirator on suspicion of burglary. Both did not plead the charges and ended up in state prison for two years.

He was arrested again in 2012 for possession of a firearm and ammunition, which landed him in prison for another two years.

According to the LBPD, Leevi was known on the streets by the nicknames “Weezy” and “Lil Beast,” which identified him as an alleged gang member.

One of Leevi's closest friends was killed in a shooting when he was only 14.  He went to jail three times and was identified by the LBPD as a gang member

One of Leevi’s closest friends was killed in a shooting when he was only 14. He went to jail three times and was identified by the LBPD as a gang member

On May 21, the LBPD arrested him on suspicion of human trafficking after a woman alleged that Leevi beat her severely and forced her into sex for money.

City prosecutor Doug Haubert called him “one of the more dangerous gang members responsible for this brutal crime.”

Leevi’s charges of trafficking for pimp and assault with substances likely to cause serious bodily harm were dismissed, but he was convicted of permissiveness and assault with a deadly weapon.

“Leevi may have a past, but that’s not the person I know,” Shalia said. “He’s not the great man as we all know him.”

He got out of prison in 2021 and started working for a consulting firm called Smoove Enterprises, fixing up properties and renting them out – spending most of his time with his one-year-old daughter before he was murdered.

Community members built a small memorial in the area after the shooting, including flowers, candles, beer and sports team caps.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Detectives Michael Hubbard and Jesus Espinoza at (562) 570-7244.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through LA Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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